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Tennessee Williams

 

Tennessee Williams was born in 1914 in Columbus, Miss. He
is acknowledged as one of America's greatest dramatists
winning his first successes with the productions of "The
Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire". In these
plays, as in many of his later works, Williams explores the
intense passions and frustrations of a disturbed and
frequently brutal society. 

Tennessee Williams was the first son and second child of
Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams. His mother was
the daughter of a minister and his father was a shoe
salesman who came from a prestigious Tennessee family which
included the states' first governor and first senator. The
family lived for several years in Clarkdale, Mississippi
before moving to St. Louis in 1918. He attended several
universities and graduated in 1938 from the University of
Iowa. 

He wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays and is
noted for his scenes of high dramatic tension and for
brilliant dialogue. He is perhaps most successful in his
portraits of the hypersensitive and lonely southern woman.
Williams achieved a fame that few playwrights of his day
could equal.
 

 




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