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Tennessee Williams : mad pilgrimage of the flesh

Author: John Lahr
Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lahr
ISBN: 9780393021240 0393021246 9780393351651 0393351653
OCLC Number: 881498656
Description: xv, 765 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Blood-hot and personal --
The heart can't wait --
The erotics of absence --
Fugitive mind --
Thunder of disintegration --
Beanstalk country --
Kookhood --
Waving and drowning --
The long farewell --
The sudden subway.
Responsibility: John Lahr.

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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.--Publisher information.

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