A House Not Meant to Stand: A Gothic Comedy

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The spellbinding last full-length play produced during the author's lifetime is now published for the first time.
Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, return home one midnight in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral of their older son to a house and a life literally falling apart—daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their younger son Charlie is upstairs having sex with his pregnant, holy-roller girlfriend as the McCorkles enter. ...

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Overview

The spellbinding last full-length play produced during the author's lifetime is now published for the first time.
Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, return home one midnight in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral of their older son to a house and a life literally falling apart—daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their younger son Charlie is upstairs having sex with his pregnant, holy-roller girlfriend as the McCorkles enter. Cornelius, who has political ambitions and a litany of health problems, is trying to find a large amount of moonshine money his gentle wife Bella has hidden somewhere in their collapsing house, but his noisy efforts are disrupted by a stream of remarkable characters, both living and dead.
While Williams often used drama to convey hope and desperation in human hearts, it was through this dark, expressionistic comedy, which he called a "Southern gothic spook sonata," that he was best able to chronicle his vision of the fragile state of our world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811217095
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/14/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,387,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.

Gregory
Mosher was the Artistic Director of the Goodman Theater in Chicago for seven years where he directed original plays by Beckett, Williams,
Arthur Miller, and most of Mamet's early work. He directed an acclaimed
Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin, and was the Artistic Director of Lincoln Center
Theater for seven years. Mosher currently serves as the Director of the Columbia University Arts Initiative.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1961, Thomas Keith is an editor, as well as production manager and art director, at New Directions Publishing. He lives in New York City.

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