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  Tennessee Williams - MSN Encarta
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), American playwright and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, whose works are set largely in the American South.
Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, on March 26, 1911, and named Thomas Lanier Williams.
Although Williams continued to write for the theater, he was unable to repeat the success of most of his early works.
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 Tennessee Williams. Biography and complete works
Playwright, poet, and fiction writer, Tennessee Williams is widely considered the greatest Southern playwright and one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American drama.
Williams went back to school and in 1938 received at the age of 27 his B.A. degree from University of Iowa, where his Spring Storm was presented despite unfavorable reaction of Professor E.C. He then moved to New Orleans, where he changed his name to Tennessee.
Williams was also insecure about his work, which was sometimes of inconsistent quality, and he was violently jealous of younger playwrights.
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 CNN.com - Key West fest honors Tennessee Williams - Feb. 23, 2003
Williams also was a prolific painter who liked to escape the hubbub of Key West by going to Ballast Key, a private island 9 miles (14.5 km) off Key West and owned by friend David Wolkowsky, 83, a pallbearer at Williams' funeral.
The Tennessee Williams Festival kicked off February 22 with big-screen showings of his "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "The Rose Tattoo." The latter was filmed in Key West in 1955 with Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani, who won an Oscar for her performance.
Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi, on March 26, 1911, and nicknamed "Tenn" and "Tom" by close friends.
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 The Tennessee Williams Page
Williams studied for several years at the University of Missouri, but withdrew before completing his degree and took a job in St. Louis at the International Shoe Company where his father worked.
Tennessee Williams is considered one of America's greatest playwrights.
On February 24, 1983, Tennessee Williams choked to death on a bottle cap at his New York City residence at the Hotel Elysee.
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 Tennessee Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thomas Williams III (March 26, 1911–February 25, 1983), better known by the pen name Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century.
Williams was the victim of a gay-bashing in January 1979 in Key West.
Tennessee Williams died at the age of 71 after he choked on a bottle cap.
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 MWP: Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
One of America’s greatest playwrights, and certainly the greatest ever from the South, Tennessee Williams wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, but he is acclaimed primarily for his play—nearly all of which are set in the South, but which at their best rise above regionalism to approach universal themes.
Thomas Lanier Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, on March 26, 1911, the first son and second child of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams.
Williams, at the age of 34, had etched an indelible mark among the public and among his peers.
www.olemiss.edu /depts/english/ms-writers/dir/williams_tennessee   (740 words)

Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, began his literary career at the age of 16 with the publication of his essay, "Can a Good Wife Be a Good Sport?" in Smart Set (May 1927).
Although Tennessee Williams died on February 25, 1983, his work continues to be widely performed and he is recognized as one of America's foremost playwrights of the twentieth century.
Tennessee Williams's copy with his autograph notes on the first leaf and the verso of the front wrapper.
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 Tennessee Williams
Williams examined in his controversial and poetic plays turbulent emotional and sexual forces, physical and spiritual needs, and created such unforgettable characters as Maggie in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (195) and Stanley Kowalski in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1947).
According to William's brother Dakin, their father was very bombastic, he cursed a lot and there was a great deal of coldness between him and his son, who loved books but was not interested in sports.
Williams received his B.A. degree from University of Iowa, where his SPRING STORM was presented despite unfavorable reaction of Professor E.C. Mabie.
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 glbtq >> literature >> Williams, Tennessee
A published writer of fiction and poetry since he was a teenager, Williams studied writing at the University of Iowa and, after some initial failures, became the best known playwright of the 1940s and 1950s.
At his best, Williams wrote some of the greatest American plays, but though homosexuals are sometimes mentioned, they are dead, closeted safely in the exposition but never appearing on stage.
These contradictions are not presented to damn Williams for not having a contemporary gay sensibility but to say that his attitude toward his own homosexuality reflected the era in which he lived.
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 American Masters . Tennessee Williams | PBS
He was derided by critics and fllisted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Spellman, who condemned one of his scripts as "revolting, deplorable, morally repellent, offensive to Christian standards of decency." He was Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights in American history.
Williams described his childhood in Mississippi as happy and carefree.
Williams began to depend more and more on alcohol and drugs and though he continued to write, completing a book of short stories and another play, he was in a downward spiral.
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 ArtandCulture Artist: Tennessee Williams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Williams won his first (and well-deserved) Pulitzer Prize with his next production, “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1947), which was directed on both stage and screen by Elia Kazan.
Williams’ well-publicized bouts with alcoholism and prescription drug addiction shadowed his prolific output; later plays are often considered lesser, but they also represent his experiments with new forms and genres.
Williams' artistic world dissected the polarities of dark and light, sensual and cerebral, and pious and profane; his dramas play as moral fables that amuse, move, and disturb his audiences.
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 American Literature Web Resources: Tennessee Williams
Williams is regarded as one of the greatest American playwrights, and a great innovator of his genre.
Williams also brought many issues such as homosexuality, fetishism, sex, his belief in the falsehood of religion, and domestic violence, shocked the audiences of his time.
William's language in his plays is often thought of as too poetic, and his plays are often called too wordy, others would say that his language is highly stylized, but yet still natural sounding.
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 Featured Author: Tennessee Williams
Williams has broken free from the formula or the suspicion of formula that has hovered around the edges of his plays.
Williams is one of the finest writers in the theatre today, he could not touch any subject without bringing to it grace of style and a sure feeling for the stage.
Williams changed his will shortly before his death to empower Harvard University to administer the bulk of his $10 million estate instead of the University of the South.
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 Tennessee Williams Biography
He was gone a lot during Tennessee's childhood, that forced him to spend enormous amounts of time with his sister Rose, mother, and grandparents.
The boys at the University knew he came from the south, and from Tennessee, so as a nickname he was called that, and he decided to keep it.
This affected Tennessee Williams for the rest of his life knowing that his sister and good friend wasn't ever going to be the same again.
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 Tennessee Williams
Williams vividly conveyed the sexual tensions and suppressed violence of his tormented characters, usually with compassion as well as irony.
The Night of the Iguana (1961; film, 1964), which won both a Drama Critics' Circle Award and a Tony Award, is set in an out-of-the-way Mexican hotel and portrays the interactions of three oddly assorted characters--the widow who runs the hotel, a defrocked minister, and a spinsterish woman who travels with her ancient grandfather.
Although Williams continued to offer new plays--such as I Can't Imagine Tomorrow (1970, for television), Demolition Downtown (1976), This Is an Entertainment (1976), and Vieux Carre (1979)--the quality of his plays declined after The Night of the Iguana and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1962).
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 Previously unknown Tennessee Williams poem found in the budding playwright's 1937 Greek exam
Tennessee Williams (second from left) and A.E. Hotchner (far right) in a 1936-37 yearbook photograph showing the staff of the Eliot Review, the campus literary magazine of Washington University in St. Louis.
Williams' poetry has long been overshadowed by his dramatic output, which includes roughly three-dozen full-length plays, 70 one-acts and five screenplays.
"Williams was very dedicated as a poet," said Allean Hale, adjunct professor of theater at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, who has written extensively about Williams' early years.
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 Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
His own mother, who is often compared to the controlling Amanda, allowed doctors to perform a frontal lobotomy on Tennessee's sister Rose, an event that greatly disturbed Williams who cared for Rose throughout much of her adult life.
Elia Kazan (who directed many of Williams' greatests successes) said of Tennessee: "Everything in his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life." The Glass Menagerie won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best play of the season.
In fact, Williams struggled with depression throughout most of his life and lived with the constant fear that he would go insane as did his sister Rose.
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 Tennessee Williams
In 1911, Thomas Lanier Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi, the son of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams.
Williams was close to his sister and feared for much of his life that he, too, would lose his mind.
Williams continued to write, as he had done since his youth, creating 13 more plays before his death in 1983.
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 Tennessee Williams Collection, Series Descriptions
For example, The Fugitive Kind, one of Williams' early plays, is also used as the name for the movie based on his play Battle of Angels (Battle of Angels was also the basis for the later play Orpheus Descending).
All works by Williams present in the collection are indexed at the end of the finding aid.
Series IV consists largely of biographical and scholarly monographs and short drafts about Tennessee Williams, along with a smaller number of poems and works of fiction.
www.hrc.utexas.edu /research/fa/williams.tenn.series.html   (1371 words)

 Drama: Tennessee Williams
His "lonely and miserable" childhood, as he characterized it, was in large part due to an unsympathetic father and to schoolmates who often taunted him because of his small size and lack of physical prowess.
A year before he was to graduate from the University of Missouri, his father removed him from college and got him a job with the International Shoe Company, where he worked by day and wrote by night.
Williams also published six volumes of prose and three volumes of poetry.
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 USATODAY.com - Tennessee Williams is hotter than ever   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Tennessee Williams may have shuffled off this mortal coil on Feb. 24, 1983, but his work has never been in greater demand.
Hale points out that Williams' grandfather, an Episcopalian minister, "reared him for the first seven years of his life because his father was a traveling salesman.
Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson says many critics and fans never forgave Williams for "moving away from well-made plays about sin, sex and the South." Wilson suggests, only half-jokingly, that Williams might be compared with a contemporary chameleon also known for dabbling in sin and sex.
www.usatoday.com /life/2003-10-21-williams_x.htm   (1688 words)

 Williams, Tennessee. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
In these plays, as in many of his later works, Williams explores the intense passions and frustrations of a disturbed and frequently brutal society.
An eloquently symbolic poet of the theater, Williams is noted for his scenes of high dramatic tension and for his brilliant, often lyrical dialogue.
Williams is perhaps most successful in his portraits of the hypersensitive and lonely Southern woman, such as Blanche in Streetcar, clutching at life, particularly at her memories of a grand past that no longer exists.
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 Biography: Tennessee Williams
Born to Cornelius and Edwina Dakin Williams on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams was amply prepared for writing about society¹s outcasts.
Whether one argues that these actors were made famous by Williams's work, or that the quality of his work attracted the most popular film and stage performers, the connection between Williams and these near-legends of film and stage establishes the playwright as one of the most important figures in twentieth-century drama.
It is perhaps appropriate that Williams died in a hotel--the traditional bivouac of wanderers and outcasts--rather than in his home at Key West or in New Orleans.
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 Tennessee Williams
Perhaps the most valuable feature of this computer-encyclopedia page on Tennessee Williams is "the capability to search a database of periodicals" for more information on the playwright.
In the Assessment section, it is asserted that Williams' "pervasive theme is the inescapable loneliness of (the) human condition." This point of view is explored through brief discussions of the characters Stanley and Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.
If you are researching the life of Tennessee Williams in depth, this article by Michael Neville, whose play, Eddie and the Bird, is about Williams, will fill in some of the seamier details.
www.ncteamericancollection.org /awg_williams_tennessee.htm   (956 words)

 PAL: Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
E-mail: I am Dakin Williams, the brother of your subject Tennessee Williams and the last of his remaining blood relatives.
He was the greatest playwright of the millenium and deserves to be studied every bit as well as William Shakespeare.
"Williams instinctively understands the loneliness of a human being - his or her constant and desperate attempt to escape the reality that is their loneliness - and their subsequent failure to do so." Write an essay on "the inescapable loneliness of an individual" as a major theme in the plays of Tennessee Williams.
www.csustan.edu /english/reuben/pal/chap8/williams.html   (641 words)

 Tennessee Williams
You are required to give two presentations: one 10 minute presentation on a play(s) by Williams and one 10 minute presentation based in your final project.
Williams, Tennessee with and introduction by Gore Vidal.
The 2004 Tennessee William’s Scholar’s Conference is March 25-26 2004 in New Orleans.
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