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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee WilliamsTennessee Williams is known as one of the greatest playwrights of the Twentieth Century.  He is a Pulitzer prize winning author, responsible for numerous plays, poems, and one-acts.  He is perhaps best known for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, both of which were turned into blockbuster movies. 

Born Thomas Lanier Williams in Mississippi, he was the middle child of working-class parents.  His rather demanding father was a salesman, and he was primarily raised by his mother.  He loved his Mississippi life, but was not as happy when his family moved to St. Louis, disliking the urban life.  He began his writing as a teen, and later studied journalism at University of Missouri, until his father forced him to withdraw to work at a shoe factory, something he abhorred.  He escaped the monotony by retreating into writing, crafting stories and poems in his off hours.

"Tom" eventually had a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized.  He went back to school, first in St Louis, and later in Iowa.  He graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in English, studied for a while in New York, and moved on to New Orleans.  It was there he changed his name to Tennessee.

Tennessee Williams went on to write over3 dozen plays, over 70 One Acts, a couple dozen short stories, several screenplays, two anthologies of poems, and a couple of novels.

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Hear Tennessee Williams Read His Own Poetry

Williams had a long love affair with Key West, where he owned a home on Duncan Street and lived off and on for more than forty years. He had a strong relationship with the Key West Library, and produced the recording featured here for the Monroe County Public Library at the Key West studios of WKWF on April 3, 1971. Though he was known as a playwright, Williams thought of himself as a poet and here he presents a selection of 15 poems, “most of it early, and young” as he says in the brief introduction.

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