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The Collected Plays of Tennessee Williams (The Library of America) [Hardcover]

Tennessee Williams , Mel Gussow , Kenneth Holditch
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  • Hardcover: 2053 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; Slp edition (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598531042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598531046
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.6 x 7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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). Tennessee Williams died in 1983.

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Paperback. Pub the Date: March. 2011 Pages: 2053 Publisher: penguin In celeation of the Tennessee Williams centennial while in. 2011. Of The Liary of America presents its acclaimed two-volume edition of his plays in a collector's is boxed the set. Gathering thirty-two works written from the 1930s to the 1980s. this is the most complete collection ever published of the playwright who transformed the American stage. The first volume opens with the rediscovered early plays. Spring Storm and Not About Nightingales. and contains such classics as The Glass Menagerie . A Streetcar Named Desire. The Rose Tattoo. and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. as well as a selection of one acts. The second volume includes Orpheus Descending. Suddenly Last Summer. Sweet Bird of Youth. Period of Adjustment. The Night of the Iguana. The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Out Cry. and A Lovely Sunday for Creve...

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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 11 Jan 2014
By Ioana
Really happy I bought this collection! It's absolutely wonderful! A must for every Tennesse Williams fan! Love Love Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of plays called desire. 4 July 2013
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You can't beat this. Every single play by Tennessee Williams lovingly squidged into two volumes thanks to the use of thin tracing paper. Baby Doll, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire... do I need to go on? Fantastic value for money and a must for your bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Treat yourself 18 April 2012
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I had been looking for this. Tennessee Williams was a brilliant play-writer and it is a pleasure to have so much of his work to revisit with this product. A must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 16 Oct 2012
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone who has read Tennessee Williams is aware of his painfully accurate portrayal of human emotion. His plays have moved me to tears, ever since I first read The Glass Menagerie as a youngster. He writes about misplaced, ill-fitting people, and he writes of their opposites: his work can be humorous. He centers, though, on the agony of the mis-fits, the misunderstood, the lonely, and their unending and usually fruitless struggles for happiness and peace. He knows what he's writing about because he lived it.

These LOA books are well bound, quality volumes, meant to be preserved for a lifetime. If you like TW, you will return to his plays as the years go by, and continue to be enriched by their poignancy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Tom's Plays 20 Mar 2014
By Fraser Laschinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice collection of Tenessee William's plays in chronologigal order. There were many revivals of his plays during his lifetime and he was constantly rewriting some of them so don't know what version these are but of course many were made into films with changes made to the dialogue as well. William's claimed not to have liked the film versions generally. I liked the addition of his commentary on some of the plays as introductions as well as the editors' notes. Reading his plays is similar to reading Shakespeare's when a phrase will jump off the page, given its now familiar usage in the English language.such as "the kindness of strangers".
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3.0 out of 5 stars a missed opportunity 22 Feb 2014
By classicalmusiclover - Published on Amazon.com
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this would have been the Tennessee Williams collection to own it if wasn't for the ultra thin, fragile, and see through paper used. i ultimately returned the book. how much more could it possibly cost the publisher to use thicker paper?what a shame!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely compiled and presented 22 April 2014
By LucyB - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not the most objective of critics when it comes to Tennessee Williams - some of his works are my all time favourites on stage and on screen (and now on paper).

I found this collection to be very well put together. I loved the progression of the plays and was interested to read the comments that came with them. I couldn't always see those things the commentators alluded to within the plays themselves but I am a lover of William's work and know little of his life. I prefer to read it that way then I have the luxury of awarding my own interpretations to his works. Interestingly I found some of his works to be more "violent" on the page than I did in viewings.

I enjoyed being able to read works from different stages in his career all in one easy to access collection. He has a view of humanity that seems raw and violent and desperately honest and that I just love and it was wonderful to see how his ability to express this grew over time.

This collection is nicely boxed and nicely bound and I liked the feel of the paper. I always take dust jackets off when reading books but that is my preference.

I love this collection and will definitely buy more from this series as I can afford them and as I see writers I love.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Collected Plays of Tennessee Williams (The Library of America) [Hardcover] 26 Dec 2012
By CAROLYN VERDUGO - Published on Amazon.com
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Gift for daughter, wow what a hit. She loves ro read and read all she can.
Loves the writer and express his shares in his storys
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