Williams In an Hour

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A young Tennessee Williams listened as the doctor diagnosed him with diphtheria, a disease that kept him housebound for months. Since he couldn't play outside with the other boys, his mother told him to read and write stories. Who knew that those stories would develop into poetic expressions never heard before on the American stage. Williams' cinematic and lyrical style reached its height in The Glass Menagerie, which premiered in Chicago in ...

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A young Tennessee Williams listened as the doctor diagnosed him with diphtheria, a disease that kept him housebound for months. Since he couldn't play outside with the other boys, his mother told him to read and write stories. Who knew that those stories would develop into poetic expressions never heard before on the American stage. Williams' cinematic and lyrical style reached its height in The Glass Menagerie, which premiered in Chicago in 1944.

Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Williams and the plays he wrote. Read Williams in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Williams in an Hour, the main essay of the book

• Williams In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Williams' work

• A list of Williams' contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Williams' significant works

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his or her work in historical, social, and literary context.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Examiner.com
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936232321
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Playwrights in an Hour
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 967,357
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Paller is the Dramaturge and Director of Humanities at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he is also a member of the core faculty of the M.F.A. Acting program. He is the author of Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality and Mid-Twentieth Century Drama (Palgrave Macmillan). He has taught at Purchase College and Columbia University and was the Dramaturge for the Russian premiere of Williams' Small Craft Warnings (directed by Richard Corley) at Moscow's Sovremennic Theatre. He has written for many publications, including The Village Voice, The Washington Post, Newsday, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mirabella, and others. He has degrees from Syracuse University and Columbia University.

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