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A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams


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Acknowledgements A chronology of Williams' life and work Introduction 1. The Glass Menagerie 2. A Streetcar Named Desire 3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 4. Sweet Bird of Youth 5. Questions for study 6. Further reading

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Detailed analysis of Williams' most studied plays, together with questions and study aids to assist students.

About the Author

Katherine Weiss is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Language, East Tennessee State University, USA. Stephen Bottoms is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Manchester University, UK. Philip Kolin is University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, USA. Michael S. D. Hooper is the author of Sexual Politics in the Work of Tennessee Williams: Desire Over Protest, and teaches English and Drama at St Margaret's Bushey, UK.


What Weiss has done here is sculpt a text that ... provides an in-depth primer to one of the United States' most decorated playwrights. Ultimately, A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams will be useful for students and professors who are searching for an easily navigable and digestible analysis of Williams and his early work. * Journal of American Drama and Theatre *
Working chronologically through his plays, Murphy provides critical commentary for each, her own as well as commentaries from other leading scholars in the field ... From start to last, Murphy's summaries are generous without being overwritten; her explications insightful and accessible, the way in fact a really good teacher's are. -- Doug Phillips * Text and Presentation *

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