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... THR413 playwright

2007 : lessons in dramaturgy

Thomas Lanier (Tennessee) Williams was born in 1914 in Columbus, Mississippi, the son of a traveling shoe salesman and an Episcopal clergyman's daughter, of an old Tennessee family. He spent his boyhood in the Mississippi rectory, frail because of diphtheria and eye cataract, with an indulgent mother, a sensitive sister, and a clerical grandfather with literary tastes. When he was thirteen, his father's promotion took the family to St. Louis, where they lived in tenement apartments. He helped his sister Rose white paint the walls and furniture of her dingy room and brighten it with her collection of glass animals, which were for him an enduring symbol. After high school he went to the University of Missouri at Columbia. He started well in 1931, but failed R.O.T.C. and slipped badly in his grades after being pledged ATO. It was his fraternity brothers who nicknamed him "Tennessee," which he chose to retain as his name. After two ineffective years, his father insisted that he go to work and got him a job in the shoe factory. He hated his daily work in those Depression years, and spent his nights reading and writing poetry and fiction, sleeping hardly at all. In two years he collapsed, and went to Memphis, where his grandparents now lived, to recuperate for a year. After he returned to St. Louis, his grandmother paid tuition for him to attend Washington University for a year. Helped by his mother, he went up to the State University of Iowa, studying playwriting under E. C. Mabie, and taking his A.B. in 1938...







Monologue Study: 1 101 * 2 comedy * 3 drama *

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Williams Page :

Play Notes

When Autobiography Isn't by Lenora Inez Brown, Production Dramaturg
Tennesee Williams, the Man and the Artist by Jack Taburri, Reasearch Assistant
Returning to Williams' Original by Marin Kirby Executive Assistant

... : Teacher CyberGuide


"The Sculptural Drama": Tennessee Williams's Plastic Theatre


* symbols in GM dramaturgy pages (list)

2008 Stoppard Files
Williams and Chekhov --
Brecht Page

Glass Williams : The Glass Menagerie [ updates for dramlit class ]