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Modern Classics Mister Paradise And Other One Act Plays
     

Modern Classics Mister Paradise And Other One Act Plays

by Tennessee Williams
 

The greatest playwright of the American South, Tennessee Williams used his talent throughout his life to create brief plays exploring many of the themes that dominated his best-known works. Here, thirteen never-before-published one-act dramas reveal some of his most poignant and hilarious characters. From the indefatigable, witty and tough drag queens of And Tell

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The greatest playwright of the American South, Tennessee Williams used his talent throughout his life to create brief plays exploring many of the themes that dominated his best-known works. Here, thirteen never-before-published one-act dramas reveal some of his most poignant and hilarious characters. From the indefatigable, witty and tough drag queens of And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens to the disheartened poet Mister Paradise, and the extravagant mistress in The Pink Bedroom, these are tales of isolated figures struggling against a cruel world, who refuse to lose sight of their dreams.

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Library Journal
Here, two master playwrights make encore appearances. Columbus, associate director of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, offers new translations of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, giving audiences a genuine theatrical experience rather than a guided tour through a museum. These are "actorly" texts, i.e., they are easy to read and recite. Previous translations, though (mostly) of high literary quality, were deeply rooted in the scholar's garden; Columbus, however, has gone a long way toward pruning the text and allowing the playwright's lively and engaging dialog to shine through. The introduction describes the process of translation and Columbus's approach to production. Recommended for libraries of all types. Less engaging are the 13 previously unpublished one-act plays of Williams, which editors Moschovakis and Roessel-collaborators on The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams-exhumed from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (Austin, TX) and the Department of Special Collections at UCLA's University Research Library. Granted, this anthology embodies the youthful Williams, only hinting at the mature playwright to come, yet it's hard to read some of the plays without thinking that they amount to bad Hemingway. Nevertheless, university libraries supporting theater programs will want to purchase this once the amateur performance rights become available, as will holders of New Directions' The Theatre of Tennessee Williams.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141188423
Publisher:
Penguin UK
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
256

Meet the Author

Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the episcopal clergyman. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evenings writing. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Among his many other plays Penguin have published The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Summer and Smoke (1948), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real(1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Orpheus Descending (1957), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), Period of Adjustment (1960), The Night of the Iguana (1961), The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963; revised 1964) and Small Craft Warnings (1972). He died in 1983.

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