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Tennessee Williams

Birthdate: 26. March 1911
Date of death: 25. February 1983

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, he is considered among the three foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama.

After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass Menagerie , a play that closely reflected his own unhappy family background. This heralded a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , and Sweet Bird of Youth . His later work attempted a new style that did not appeal to audiences, and alcohol and drug dependence further inhibited his creative output. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on short lists of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Much of Williams' most acclaimed work was adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

Works

The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
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A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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Suddenly Last Summer
Suddenly Last Summer
Tennessee Williams
Camino Real
Camino Real
Tennessee Williams
The Rose Tattoo
The Rose Tattoo
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Summer and Smoke
Summer and Smoke
Tennessee Williams
Orpheus Descending
Tennessee Williams
Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth
Tennessee Williams
Stairs to the Roof
Stairs to the Roof
Tennessee Williams
The Catastrophe of Success
Tennessee Williams

„If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.“

—  Tennessee Williams

Source: Conversations with Tennessee Williams

„A Prayer for the Wild at Heart That Are Kept in Cages“

—  Tennessee Williams, Stairs to the Roof

This is the subtitle of the play
Source: Stairs to the Roof (1941)

„I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.“

—  Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

Source: A Streetcar Named Desire

„The future is called "perhaps," which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.“

—  Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending

Source: "The Past, the Present and the Perhaps," http://books.google.com/books?id=mTRaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22The+future+is+called+perhaps+which+is+the+only+possible+thing+to+call+the+future+And+the+important+thing+is+not+to+allow+that+to+scare+you%22&pg=PA7#v=onepage introduction to Orpheus Descending (1957)

„People go to the movies instead of moving!“

—  Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Tom, Scene Six
Source: The Glass Menagerie (1944)
Context: Yes, movies! Look at them — All of those glamorous people — having adventures — hogging it all, gobbling the whole thing up! You know what happens? People go to the movies instead of moving! Hollywood characters are supposed to have all the adventures for everybody in America, while everybody in America sits in a dark room and watches them have them! Yes, until there's a war. That's when adventure becomes available to the masses! Everyone's dish, not only Gable's! Then the people in the dark room come out of the dark room to have some adventures themselves — Goody, goody! — It's our turn now, to go to the south Sea Island — to make a safari — to be exotic, far-off! — But I'm not patient. I don't want to wait till then. I'm tired of the movies and I am about to move!

„In memory everything seems to happen to music.“

—  Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Tom (As Narrator Scene One)
Source: The Glass Menagerie (1944)

„All pretty girls are a trap, a pretty trap, and men expect them to be.“

—  Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Amanda, Scene Six
Source: The Glass Menagerie (1944)

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