The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stoneby Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams's first novelThe Roman Spring of Mrs. Stoneis vintage Tennessee Williams. Published in 1950, his first novel was acclaimed by Gore Vidal as "splendidly written, precise, short, complete, and fine." 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 theatre, as Mrs. Stone tries to adjust to her aimless new life in Rome. She is adjusting, too, to aging. ("The knowledge that her beauty was lost had come upon her recently and it was still occasionally forgotten.") With poignant wit and his own particular brand of relish, Williams charts her drift into an affair with a cruel young gigolo: "As compelling, as fascinating, and as technically skillful as his play" (Publishers Weekly).
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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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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.
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!'