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Tom : the unknown Tennessee Williams

Author: Lyle Leverich
Publisher: New York : Norton, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Considered by many to be the greatest artist of the American theatre, Tennessee Williams has been described by those who knew him as shy and aggressive, lucid and manic, accessible and elusive, kind and cruel, but always enigmatic. Until now, little has been known of Williams's youth and the true forces that influenced and helped create the persona of Tennessee Williams. The author chosen by the playwright himself  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Tennessee Williams; Lyle Leverich; Lyle Leverich; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams; Tennessee Williams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lyle Leverich
ISBN: 0393316637 9780393316636
OCLC Number: 39884296
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Lambda Literary Award, 1995
Description: xxvi, 644 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The shattered mirror: origins of a biography --
Tennessee Williams: the man and the artist versus his image --
Lodestar, 1900-1929 --
Moonward, 1929-1937 --
Outer Space, 1937-1939 --
Wanderings, 1940-1943 --
New Harbors, 1943-1945.
Responsibility: Lyle Leverich.

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Considered by many to be the greatest artist of the American theatre, Tennessee Williams has been described by those who knew him as shy and aggressive, lucid and manic, accessible and elusive, kind and cruel, but always enigmatic. Until now, little has been known of Williams's youth and the true forces that influenced and helped create the persona of Tennessee Williams. The author chosen by the playwright himself as his biographer, has been given exclusive access to letters, diaries and journals, unpublished manuscripts, and family documents and has written the definitive biography of Williams's early life. He takes us through Williams's largely unknown life from the young, introspective schoolboy through his stalled academic career, the early success of his writing, the confusion over his sexuality, the growing certainty of his talent, to the brink of fame with The Glass Menagerie. Tom tells the story of the "unknown" years of the playwright's life, before Tom, the person, was eclipsed by Tennessee, the celebrated persona.

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