Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

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Here, celebrated drama critic John Lahr gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds light on Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate. With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life, this book is as much a biography of the man as it is a trenchant exploration of his plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen. Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life. Lahr captures not just his tempestuous public persona but also his backstage life, where his agent Audrey Wood and the director Elia Kazan play major roles, and Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, and Tallulah Bankhead have scintillating walk-on parts. This is a theater biography like no other.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393021240
0393021246
Branch Call Number: 921 Willi
Characteristics: xv, 765 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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kmehl Jul 07, 2015

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Dec 10, 2014

John Lahr has written a brilliant, immensely insightful biography about Tennessee Williams the man; haunted, lonely, constantly seeking affirming relationships, and Tennessee Williams the superb playwright/poet who was one of the most important influences on theater in the 20th Century. Lahr, long-time drama critic for the New Yorker, writes with great feeling and understanding for his subject. He uses extensive quotes from Williams' memoirs and letters, which are often heart-wrenching and poetic. Lahr also analyzes Williams' numerous plays (non-academically), linking them to the playwright's tumultuous life. In addition he gives fascinating details about the writing, casting and production of these plays. This is a masterful, moving biography, and one of the best books ever about the theatre.

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