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Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
     

Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

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by Tennessee Williams
 

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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

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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 skilled as his plays." (Publishers Weekly)

Editorial Reviews

The Chicago Tribune
“The Roman spring is actually Mrs. Stone's autumn...Superb...a sharp, witty, and moving novel.”
The Washington Post
A brilliant accomplishment.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811212496
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Series:
Bibelots Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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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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Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!'