Plays 1957-1980

Plays 1957-1980

by Tennessee Williams

The adventurous and sometimes shocking later works of playwright Tennessee Williams, from 1957 to 1980, are collected in this volume, which includes "Orpheus Descending, Suddenly Last Summer", and "The Night of the Iguana".

  • Language: English
  • Category: Plays
  • Rating: 4.43
  • Pages: 975
  • Publish Date: October 1st 2000 by Library of America
  • Isbn10: 1883011876
  • Isbn13: 9781883011871

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While Not about Nightingales shows Williams ahead of his time in exposing the horrors of prison life, so many of his plays reveal a misogyny that was either reflective of the time, his own views, or both.

Lahr offers much insight into Williams life and work and into many of the plays in this volume. The first group includes the works written between 1957 -- 1961 in the broad, naturalistically romantic voice for which Williams is best remembered. The second group of plays consists of works from Williams' long period of decline. The works from this period in this volume include "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore", "The Mutilated" "Kingdom of Earth" "Small Craft Warnings" . I want to discuss briefly this second group of plays because it was unfamiliar to me with the exception of "Creve Coeur". "Small Craft Warnings" and the two later plays "Vieux Carre" and "Creve Coeur" which return in part to Williams' earlier years also have been performed. It is moving, reading them together, to observe with what determination Williams pursued his own artistic path, refusing to return to old formulas even after it became glaringly clear that few were interested in the often weird, fantastic new colors of his work." I enjoyed revisiting Williams again in this Library of America volume with the insights I gained from Lahr's biography and elsewhere.

Lahr offers much insight into Williams life and work and into many of the plays in this volume. The first group includes the works written between 1957 -- 1961 in the broad, naturalistically romantic voice for which Williams is best remembered. The second group of plays consists of works from Williams' long period of decline. The works from this period in this volume include "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore", "The Mutilated" "Kingdom of Earth" "Small Craft Warnings" . I want to discuss briefly this second group of plays because it was unfamiliar to me with the exception of "Creve Coeur". "Small Craft Warnings" and the two later plays "Vieux Carre" and "Creve Coeur" which return in part to Williams' earlier years also have been performed. It is moving, reading them together, to observe with what determination Williams pursued his own artistic path, refusing to return to old formulas even after it became glaringly clear that few were interested in the often weird, fantastic new colors of his work." I enjoyed revisiting Williams again in this Library of America volume with the insights I gained from Lahr's biography and elsewhere.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. Characters such as Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Sebastian in Suddenly, Last Summer were understood to represent Williams himself. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955.