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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

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It is the story of a wealthy, fiftyish American widow, recently a famous stage beauty, but now 'drifting.' The novel opens soon after her husband's death and her retirement from the theater, as Mrs. Stone tries to adjust to her aimless new life in Rome.
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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (New Directions Bibelot)

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It is the story of a wealthy, fiftyish American widow, recently a famous stage beauty, but now 'drifting.' The novel opens soon after her husband's death and her retirement from the theater, as Mrs. Stone tries to adjust to her aimless new life in Rome.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Williams's first novel, originally published in 1950, recounts the tale of an American widow living in Rome. (Sept.)
Library Journal
pap.* $6. F The noted playwright took his first plunge into fiction with this 1950 novel. Reminiscent of his brand of drama, the plot follows an older woman's romantic involvement with a younger man in the great Italian capital. At the time of its debut, LJ 's reviewer praised the book for its ``splendid characterization'' ( LJ 9/1/50). This newest installment in New Directions' ``Bibelot'' series should be in all fiction collections.
The Washington Post
“A brilliant accomplishment.”
The Chicago Tribune
“The Roman spring is actually Mrs. Stone's autumn...Superb...a sharp, witty, and moving novel.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811221450
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/25/2013
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 728,364
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    Outstanding Book

    This was a fabulous story of a rich actress, desperate and lonely, horny widow. Who is struggling with her lost & emptiness tries to love this Roman gigalow who just uses her. The story was beautifully told. Tennessee Williams has done it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    The crisis of a middle-aged bird of paridise

    Tenesee William's novel 'The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone' is undoubtedly Williams. The inner termoil of a woman, the homosexual undertones, and the dark sybolism which is known as Tennessee's trademark. A great novel of a washed up actress struggling with 'the loss...the loss!'

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