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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (5 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141190280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141190280
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Students preparing research papers and students boning up for class will reach eagerly for these well-designed additions to accessible literary criticism for high school students."

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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 evening 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 Summer and Smoke (1948), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real (1953), Baby Doll (1957), Orpheus Descending (1957), Something Unspoken (1958), Suddenly Last Summer (1958), Period of Adjustment (1960), The Night of the Iguana (1961), The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963), and Small Craft Warnings (1972). Tennessee Williams died in 1983.


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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2015
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Tennessee Williams' play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" won the Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award in 1955. Directed by Elia Kazan the play ran for nearly 700 performances on Broadway and starred Barbara Bel Geddes as Margaret, Ben Gazarra as Brick, and Burl Ives as Big Daddy.
I reread "Cat" as part of an ongoing project to read and review Tennessee Williams' plays. John Lahr's biography, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" (2014) inspired my project.

"Cat" was the first Tennessee Williams play I saw many years ago while still in high school. I was deeply moved by the production, undoubtedly without knowing why. Later that year, when each member in our English class had to do an oral report on an American play, I did Williams' "The Glass Menagerie". "Cat" was not an option. The teacher made clear that she disliked most of Williams, including "Cat". In reading the reviews here on Amazon, I am both impressed and puzzled that this adult-themed and difficult play has found its way into the high school curriculum. Most high school readings are made to be disliked.

The play is set in a mansion in the Mississippi Delta and, dramatically, takes place over the course of a few hours in real time. The story is raw, passionate, and extreme. Williams writes with poetry and lyricism. The play involves sexually dysfunctional couples, unmasking character, and a family fight over a large pending inheritance. Of the three primary characters, Brick, Maggie, and "Big Daddy" Pollitt, Maggie wins the playwright's and the reader's heart. Maggie is a fighter -- a cat in more than one sense.
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For many years I only read plays, not novels. I re-read Cat On a Hot Tin Roof and remembered why. It is fabulous to have every life emotion condensed into one play. Family feuds, tortured pasts, anger, guilt, love, jealousy, envy, revenge, sorry, sadness, lust...ALL packed into one incredible play that EVERYONE should read at some point in their life.

Even if you saw the wonderful film with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman - you still need to read this, to see it in print - you won't be disappointed.
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I enjoyed the book and found the author's notes that he didn't like to provide neat endings interesting. The traits of the characters can be related to nowadays and is a true classic relevant today.
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By Natty on 27 Feb. 2013
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Tiny edition fits everywhere! Excellent paperback for an excellent play!Def a good buy! I am also going to buy more from this series.
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By Len Collin on 24 Aug. 2015
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It's a modern classic... go read, go see... just bathe in Williams' dialogue and character deconstruction at it's best
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One of the greatest plays of the 20th century in my opinion. Re-reading it is a joy. Acting in it must be even better.
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By S Slatford on 2 Jun. 2013
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As well as the original play, it also includes the play used in the first theatre production with stage directions.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By shnigganoo on 25 Mar. 2011
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An excellent paperback. Has some interesting notes to warm you up and at the end of the play you could also read through the "Alternative" third scene. There are also some very interesting notes at the end. the only sad thing is that as soon as I had put the book down I heard on the news that Elizabeth Taylor had died :(
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