Friday, March 16, 2007

Tennessee Williams

This is going to be rather an academic post for me, something I don't normally do. But I happened across this article from the Telegraph about Tennessee Williams.

The Glass Menagerie was the first play I read as an undergrad. And I got absolutely hooked on Tennessee Williams. I had a great professor who made the play so accessible. I started reading more of William's work and eventually did an independent study, with a very sexy title: Exhibitionism and Voyeurism in the Plays of Tennessee Williams.

Williams had an interesting, but rather sad, life. I highly recommend Lyle Leverich's biography, Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams. One of the most fascinating things I discovered while reading Williams is that he was much better at writing female characters than male characters. And even his female characters have such range: from the fierce Maggie the Cat in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to poor, fragile Blanche of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Williams' Notebooks are now available, edited and annotated by Margaret Bradham Thornton, from Amazon.com.

3 comments:

AngryMan said...

I may re-read Williams now. I had a terrible English teacher in high school who ruined several authors, including Williams. Thanks for the recommendation.

I Buy Books said...

Try starting with The Glass Menagerie. It's probably the most accessible; there are a lot of repeating themes that will be easy for you to pick up.

AngryMan said...

Are you suggesting that I am slow? :)