The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

The Eccentricities of a Nightingale

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by Tennessee Williams
     
 

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The action takes place in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, shortly before the First World War. Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman, has become increasingly restive and disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father, and her deranged mother, she makes a final, and almost desperate attempt to win the man of her

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The action takes place in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, shortly before the First World War. Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman, has become increasingly restive and disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father, and her deranged mother, she makes a final, and almost desperate attempt to win the man of her choice�a young doctor whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma. The play centers on the complex relationship between these two; her touching attempts to sway his emotions; and his uncertainty as to where his heart should lead him. In the end there is to be only one truly beautiful moment between them�for neither can break the ties of family and position which draw them apart and which, inevitably, defeat Alma's hopes for a new and fuller life.

Editorial Reviews

NY Magazine
...a powerful, more often than not heart-rending tale of a spinster undone by dreams...some moments exhale a poetry beyond description.
NY Post
...representative of Williams at his most wonderful...the sheer poetry of his language still comes with surprise.
NY Times
This is a warm, rich play full of that compassion and understanding and that simple poetry of the heart that is Mr. Williams at his shining, gentle best.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822203490
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Pages:
57
Sales rank:
831,653

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