Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911 in
Columbus, Mississippi. As a child, he lived with his mother and grandfather.
When he was fourteen, Williams too first place in an essay contest sponsored by
a national magazine, The Smart Set. At the age of seventeen, his first
published story appeared in the August 1928 issue of Weird Tales. A year later
Williams entered the University of Missouri but in 1932 he withdrew and took a
job at the shoe factory where his father held a job as a sales manager. In
1935 Williams returned to college and graduated from the University of Iowa in
1938. Williams had begun writing plays while attending the University of
Missouri and after his graduation he had supported himself doing a variety of
small jobs. In 1939 he won a national drama award for a group of plays called
American Blues. Williams achieved his first great stage success with The Glass
Menagerie, which was produced in New York City in 1945. This play won the New
York Drama Critics\' Circle Prize as the years best play. Williams averaged two
plays a year since that time. On February 4, 1983, Tennessee Williams died in
New York City. Throughout Williams\' lifetime he has put forth more than twenty-
five full-length plays, more than forty short plays, a dozen produced (and
unproduced) screenplays and an opera libretto. These have been translated into
at least twenty-seven languages, including Tamil, Welsh, Marathi and Hindi. In
addition, there are two novels, a novella, more than sixty short stories, more
than one hundred poems, an autobiography, a published volume of letters,
introductions to plays and books by others, and occasional pieces and reviews.


PLAYS Baby Doll & Tiger Tail Camino Real Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Clothes for a
Summer Hotel Dragon Country The Glass Menagerie A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
The Read Devil Battery Sign Small Craft Warnings Stopped Rocking and Other
Screenplays A Streetcar Named Desire Sweet Bird of Youth THE THEATER OF
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME 1 Battle of Angels, A Streetcar Named Desire, The
Glass Menagerie THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME II The Eccentricities
of a Nightingale, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real THE THEATER OF
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME III Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending,
Suddenly Last Summer THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME IV Sweet Bird of
Youth, Period of Adjustment, The Night of the guana THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE
WILLIAMS, VOLUME V The Milk Train Doesn\'t Stop Here Anymore, Kingdom of Earth
(The Seven Descents of Myrtle), Small Craft Warnings, The Two-Character Play THE
THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME VI 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other
Short Plays THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME VII In the Bar of a Tokyo
Hotel and Other Plays THE THEATER OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, VOLUME VIII Vieux Carre,
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, The Red Devil
Battery Sign 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays The Two-Character Play
Vieux Carre POETRY Androgyne, Mon Amour In the Winter of Cities PROSE Collected
Stories Hard Candy and Other Stories One Arm and Other Stories The Roman Spring
of Mrs. Stone Where I Live: Selected Essays -----------------------------

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