Sweet Bird of Youth

Sweet Bird of Youth

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by Tennessee Williams
     
 

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Now with an insightful new introduction, the author's original Foreword, and the one-act play, The Enemy: Time, on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based.
Tennessee Williams knew how to tell a good tale, and this steamy, wrenching play about a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, and about the lost innocence and corruption of Chance Wayne, reveals the dark side…  See more details below

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Now with an insightful new introduction, the author's original Foreword, and the one-act play, The Enemy: Time, on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based.
Tennessee Williams knew how to tell a good tale, and this steamy, wrenching play about a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, and about the lost innocence and corruption of Chance Wayne, reveals the dark side of the American dreams of youth and fame. Distinguished American playwright Lanford Wilson has written an insightful Introduction for this edition. Also included are Williams’ original Foreword to the play; the one-act play The Enemy: Time—the germ for the full-length version, published here for the first time; an essay by Tennessee Williams scholar, Colby H. Kullman; and a chronology of the author’s life.

Editorial Reviews

Brooks Atkinson - The New York Times
“Knowing his subject with chilling intensity, Mr. Williams peels off layer after layer of the skin, body, and spirit of his characters and leaves their nature exposed.”
Lanford Wilson - from his Introduction
“Be especially sensitive to the play as he's written it, as he saw and heard it in his imagination...this is not realism. This is a dream that keeps going wrong.”
NY Newsday
Once again a bolt of thunder has been hurled by that Jovian playwright, Tennessee Williams, and the theatre reverberates to its roar.
NY Post
Tennessee Williams recently said something about getting tired of delivering blockbusters to Broadway, but he has certainly provided one in SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH...written with enormous dramatic drive...it is a play of overwhelming force.
NY Times
Despite the acrid nature of its material, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH is Mr. Williams in a relaxed mood as a writer...SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH is one of his finest dramas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218078
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
10/30/2008
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
503,425
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(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.

Lanford Wilson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, author of the Book of Days,The Gingham dog, and more.

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