This is a collection of thirteen original essays from a team of leading scholars in the field. This wide-ranging volume covers Williams's works, from the early apprenticeship years through to his last play before his death in 1983, Something Cloudy, Something Clear. In addition to essays on the major plays, the contributors also consider selected minor plays, short stories, poems, and biographical concerns. The Companion to Tennessee Williams also features a bibliographic essay surveying the major critical statements on Williams.
Table of ContentsList of illustrations and acknowledgements; Notes on contributors; Chronology; Introduction Matthew C. Roudané; 1. Early Williams: the making of a playwright Allean Hale; 2. Entering The Glass Menagerie C. W. E. Bigsby; 3. A streetcar running fifty years Felicia Hardison Londré; 4. Camino Real: Williams's allegory about the fifties Jan Balakian; 5. Writing in 'A Place of Stone': Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Albert J. Devlin; 6. Before the fall - and after: Summer and Smoke and The Night of the Iguana Thomas P. Adler; 7. The sacrificial stud and the fugitive female in Suddenly Last Summer, Orpheus Descending, and Sweet Bird of Youth John M. Clum; 8. Romantic textures in Tennessee Williams's plays and short stories Nancy M. Tischler; 9. Seeking direction Brenda Murphy; 10. Hollywood in crisis: Tennessee Williams and the evolution of the adult film R. Barton Palmer; 11. Tennessee Williams: the last two decades Ruby Cohn; 12. Words on Williams: a bibliographical essay Jacqueline O'Connor; 13. The Strangest Kind of Romance: Tennessee Williams and his Broadway critics Jacqueline O'Connor; Index.