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  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780749395810
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $27.99

Collected Stories


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The complete stories of America's distinguished playwright, Tennessee Williams.

'By turns disturbing, moving, and funny; these stories help amplify Williams's tragic vision, for like the plays, they underline his preoccupation and insight into the conflicts of the human heart'
The New York Times

Acclaimed as one of America's most successful playwrights, Tennessee Williams also published four volumes of short stories. In Collected Stories, these volumes are combined with a wealth of unpublished and uncollected work, ranging from his first his story published in `Weird Tales' when William was seventeen, to his later frank homosexual fantasies.

Williams was famous for insisting he write every morning. Even during his darkest days, while mourning a lover, or abusing some substance -- he would write. These stories are from every period of his life, and recreate the milieux Williams knew and chronicled so movingly -- from his gypsy youth in St. Louis and New Orleans to his days of celebrity in Hollywood and New York.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780749395810
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams) was born in 1911 in Mississippi where he was brought up before moving to St Louis. He studied at the Universities of Washington and Iowa, and in New York while embarking on a career as a playwright. He achieved popular and critical success with many of his plays including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He also wrote a novella, and some collections of poems and short stories. His Memoirs appeared in 1975. He died in 1983.

Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the episcopal clergyman. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evenings writing. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Among his many other plays Penguin have published The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947),Summer and Smoke (1948), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real(1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Orpheus Descending (1957), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959),Period of Adjustment (1960), The Night of the Iguana (1961), The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963; revised 1964) and Small Craft Warnings(1972). He died in 1983.

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Praise for Collected Stories

“The two ingredients of Williams's plays - great gab and steamy sex - are both here in the stories”

Edmund White, Sunday Times

“Funny, bizarre, often moving and always brave”

Sunday Times

“I yearned for a bad influence and boy, was Tennessee one in the best sense of the word: joyous, alarming, sexually confusing and dangerously funny”

John Waters

“Williams's ear for dialogue, eye for character, and exploration of love, longing and loneliness are as powerful in these stories as they are in his plays.”

John Berendt, author of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

“There used to be two streetcars in New Orleans. One was named Desire and the other was called Cemeteries. To get where you were going, you changed from the first to the second. In these stories, Tennessee validated with his genius our common ticket of transfer”

Gore Vidal

“As in the plays, it is the force and adroitness of his curiosity that impresses.”

Guardian


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