Friday, March 26, 2010

This Day In History: Tennessee Williams

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tennessee Williams is remembered today on the anniversary of his birth in 1911. Williams is best known for the plays A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, both featuring Southern characters who struggle with difficult relationships made worse by the repression of post-World War II society. Williams is also notable among American playwrights of this era for being one of the first to openly address homosexuality in his writing.

Students of both literature and theater will appreciate Williams' classic plays, which are populated by complex, emotional characters. Stop by the NCC Libraries to find more information about Tennessee Williams and his works, or search the Literature Resource Center database.

The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A17 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

by Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A6 2006 Stacks, Main

The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia
by Philip C. Kolin
PS 3545 .I5365 Z459 2004 Stacks, Main

Plays: 1957-1980
by Tennessee Williams
PS 3545 .I5365 A6 2000 Stacks, Main

Tennessee Williams
(from the Bloom's Major Dramatists series)
by Harold Bloom
PS 3545 .I5365 Z843 2000 Stacks, Main

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman
PS 3545 .I5365 C3 1999 Media Tower

Readings on "The Glass Menagerie"
by Thomas Siebold
PS 3545 .I5365 G539 1998 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Streetcar Named Desire [DVD]
Film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando
PS 3545 .I5365 S873 1997 Media Tower

Tennessee Williams: A Study of the Short Fiction
by Dennis P. Vannatta
PS 3545 .I5365 Z857 1988 Stacks

Photo credit:
"Tennessee Williams." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Vol. 16. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2004. 306-308. 18 Mar. 2009. Web.>.

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