The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights

The Influence of Tennessee Williams: Essays on Fifteen American Playwrights

by Philip C. Kolin
     
 

The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was never shy about drawing on his personal and family drama for stage material. This collection of 15 essays examines how Williams's confessional style and subject matter in turn influenced a diverse group of American playwrights over the past six decades.

Critical comparisons with William Inge,

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Overview

The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was never shy about drawing on his personal and family drama for stage material. This collection of 15 essays examines how Williams's confessional style and subject matter in turn influenced a diverse group of American playwrights over the past six decades.

Critical comparisons with William Inge, Edward Albee, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Beth Henley, Christopher Durang, Tony Kushner, and others reveal the complexity of his influence. A special feature of this collection is its emphasis on how Williams was received by African American dramatists, including Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Adrienne Kennedy and Suzan-Lori Parks. The collection ends with an original interview with Edward Albee on why and how Williams influenced him.

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"Philip Kolin, a most prolific and outstanding Williams expert, has gathered a team of well-known scholars, whose comparative approach not only substantiates Williams's stature in the American theatre, but also helps us see other playwrights in a new light"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786434756
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Philip C. Kolin is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches drama. He has published more than 40 books and 200 articles.

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