Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822201892

Category: Drama

Page: 85

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THE STORY: In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desper
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Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 9781604138887

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 194

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Presents critical essays that discuss the characters, plot, and major themes of the play about a Southern American family in crisis, by such academics as M. Thomas Inge, Dean Shackelford, and David A. Davis.
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Bloom's How to Write about Tennessee Williams

Author: Jennifer Banach,Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438127677

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 257

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Known for his poetic transformation of New England and nature, Robert Frost has retained his position through the years as one of the essential American poets of the 20th century. This book explores his classic works, including The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, and The Death of the Hired Man.
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The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams

Author: Matthew C. Roudané

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521498838

Category: Drama

Page: 277

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This collection of thirteen original essays covers Williams's work from the early apprenticeship years in the 1930s to his last play before his death in 1983.
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The Politics of Reputation

The Critical Reception of Tennessee Williams' Later Plays

Author: Annette J. Saddik

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838637722

Category: Drama

Page: 173

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Author Annette J. Saddik researches Tennessee Williams' much-neglected later work (from 1961 to 1983), and argues that it deserves a central place in American experimental drama. Offering a new reading of Williams' career, she challenges the conventional wisdom that his later work represents a failure of his creative powers.
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Sweet Bird of Youth

Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474225349

Category: Drama

Page: 176

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Sweet Bird of Youth is Tennessee William's atmospheric play of 1959 about Chance Wayne, the one-time heart-throb of his hometown who returns hoping to break into the movies and find the girl he loved in his youth. Accompanied by faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, grieving in a haze of drugs and alcohol for her lost youth, he discovers that time is shortly to catch-up with him and wreak a terrible retribution for his past actions. In its exploration of corruption, ageing and the effects of time, the play offers a magnificent study of the dark side of the American dreams of youth and fame. This Student Edition provides an extensive introduction and notes by Katherine Weiss. The introduction includes a chronology of Williams' life and times, a summary of the plot, commentary on the characters, themes, language and context, and a production history of the play. Together with questions for further study and notes on words and phrases from the text, this is the essential edition of the play for students of literature and drama.
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The Selected Letters of Elia Kazan

Author: Elia Kazan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0385350414

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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This collection of nearly three hundred letters gives us the life of Elia Kazan unfiltered, with all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such an important and formidable stage director (A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman), film director (On the Waterfront, East of Eden), novelist, and memoirist. Elia Kazan’s lifelong determination to be a “sincere, conscious, practicing artist” resounds in these letters—fully annotated throughout—in every phase of his career: his exciting apprenticeship with the new and astonishing Group Theatre, as stagehand, stage manager, and actor (Waiting for Lefty, Golden Boy) . . . his first tentative and then successful attempts at directing for the theater and movies (The Skin of Our Teeth, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) . . . his cofounding in 1947 of the Actors Studio and his codirection of the nascent Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center . . . his innovative and celebrated work on Broadway (All My Sons, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, J.B.) and in Hollywood (Gentleman’s Agreement, Splendor in the Grass, A Face in the Crowd, Baby Doll) . . . his birth as a writer. Kazan directed virtually back-to-back the greatest American dramas of the era—by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams—and helped shape their future productions. Here we see how he collaborated with these and other writers: Clifford Odets, Thornton Wilder, John Steinbeck, and Budd Schulberg among them. The letters give us a unique grasp of his luminous insights on acting, directing, producing, as he writes to and about Marlon Brando, James Dean, Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Boris Aronson, and Sam Spiegel, among others. We see Kazan’s heated dealings with studio moguls Darryl Zanuck and Jack Warner, his principled resistance to film censorship, and the upheavals of his testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. These letters record as well the inner life of the artist and the man. We see his startling candor in writing to his first wife, his confidante and adviser, Molly Day Thacher—they did not mince words with each other. And we see a father’s letters to and about his children. An extraordinary portrait of a complex, intense, monumentally talented man who engaged the political, moral, and artistic currents of the twentieth century.
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Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

Author: Timothy Murphy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135942412

Category: Reference

Page: 748

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The Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies surveys the field in some 470 entries on individuals (Adrienne Rich); arts and cultural studies (Dance); ethics, religion, and philosophical issues (Monastic Traditions); historical figures, periods, and ideas (Germany between the World Wars); language, literature, and communication (British Drama); law and politics (Child Custody); medicine and biological sciences (Health and Illness); and psychology, social sciences, and education (Kinsey Report).
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