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The Glass Menagerie (Reclam Universal-Bibliothek, nr. 9178)

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Tennessee Williams's evocation of loneliness and lost love, The Glass Menagerie is one of his most powerful and moving plays. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes a new introduction by Robert Bray.
Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, more gracious life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long-awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura's romantic illusions are crushed.
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. 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 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), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), The Night of the Iguana (1961), and Small Craft Warnings (1972).
If you enjoyed The Glass Menagerie, you might like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'Tennessee Williams will live as long as drama itself'
Peter Shaffer, author of Equus

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9783150091784
ISBN-10: 3150091780
Pagini: 152
Dimensiuni: 95 x 147 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.08 kg
Editura: Reclam Philipp Jun.
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Notă biografică

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 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).


Caracteristici

The introduction offers a contextualisation of the original production; investigates the play through the lens of queer identity; and also considers contemporary productions and what meaning they bring to Williams's original play

Recenzii

'The thrill of shattered glass and the piercing pain of unfulfilled longing: this revival by Braham Murray resounds with the high-pitched sound of both'
'Menagerie is a claustrophobic play about people struggling to get away from the harsh realities of their circumstances and live their dreams. It is as much about the post-Depression American Dream as it is about personal aspiration.'
'If ever a play were informed by its author's biography, it is Tennessee William's memory play, a delicate, almost Chekhovian drama flecked with regret and guilt. Like the narrator, young Tom Wingfield, Williams undertook a Houdini-like disappearing trick to escape his family in St Louis and become a writer. Like Tom, he could never entirely blow the candle of memory out. It flickers and splutters through all his best work.'
'The play works its melancholy magic'
'Williams's blunt reminder about the fragility of hope'
'[Williams's] forte was poignant psychological detail seen through a prism of laughter'
'A "memory play", dealing in reality remembered and so coloured by emotion'
'Williams caught the self-sufficiency of provincial America, its economic rigour and its social restraint'
'On the face of it, an autobiographical Depression tale, but its themes are universal: hope, fragility, trapped lives'
'The 1944 play that propelled him into the major league of American dramatists'
'Tennessee Williams's most fond and disturbing play'
'A truth about Williams's own leaving of his family will be told through the story of a lame girl who is crippled with shyness, her ambitious fantasist of a mother, the brother who wants to escape, a boy who calls, and some transparent, barely touchable animal ornaments'
'The near-misses and half-truths of this play about lost love go straight to the heart'
'Melancholy is woven into the fabric of Tennessee Williams's 1944 play'
'The most touching, tender and painful of his works'
'[The play] has a poetry and compassion about it that rings constantly true, with passages that cut to the heart like a knife'...'A masterpiece.'
'One of the greatest theatrical achievements of illusion and disappointment'

Cuprins

Contents Chronology by Alison Walls Introduction Autobiography Tragedy or Comedy Realistic or Nonrealistic Memory Queer Identity Disability Further Reading The Glass Menagerie Notes