The Selected Letters Of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 2: 1945-1957
The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 2: 1945-1957
Features letters written by the American playwright, revealing his childhood experiences, college years struggling with goals, grades, and money, and his emerging relationships.
From Publishers Weekly
This second volume of the playwright's correspondence begins at a time, after the staging of The Glass Menagerie, when Williams had "no interest... in more Broadway productions." It wouldn't be long, though, before he started writing A Streetcar Named Desire, which would become an even greater success and was the first of many collaborations with director Elia Kazan. Williams had plenty of advice for Kazan about the staging of Streetcar and subsequent plays, and the letters reveal the active role he played in making film adaptations of his work palatable for Hollywood censors. They also display the more relaxed personality he showed with friends, sharing gossip about visitors like Carson McCullers and Gore Vidal. With those who knew about his "unconventional mode of living," as he referred to homosexuality, he could speak even more freely, though some comments about "queens" have a mean, cynical edge. But he took great pains to keep this side of his life hidden, reminding his publisher that...