Tennessee Williams





Tennessee Williams

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born
in Columbus, Mississippi, The United States
March 26, 1911

died
February 25, 1983

gender
male

genre

influences
Clarence Darrow, Anton Chekhov, D.H. Lawrence


About this author

Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. In addition, The Glass Menagerie (1945) and The Night of the Iguana (1961) received New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. His 1952 play The Rose Tattoo (dedicated to his lover, Frank Merlo), received the Tony Award for best play.

Characters in his plays are often seen as representations of his family members. Laura Wingfield in The Glass M
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Average rating: 3.90 · 294,162 ratings · 4,967 reviews · 153 distinct works · Similar authors
A Streetcar Named Desire
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 156,186 ratings — published 1947 — 100 editions
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The Glass Menagerie
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 73,645 ratings — published 1945 — 62 editions
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 37,329 ratings — published 1955 — 56 editions
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Suddenly Last Summer
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 4,332 ratings — published 12 — 12 editions
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The Night of the Iguana
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 3,076 ratings — published 1961 — 21 editions
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Summer and Smoke
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 1,617 ratings — published 1948 — 8 editions
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A Streetcar Named Desire an...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,508 ratings — published 1965 — 7 editions
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Sweet Bird of Youth
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,433 ratings — published 1959 — 8 editions
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The Rose Tattoo
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,187 ratings — published 1951 — 13 editions
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Orpheus Descending
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 902 ratings — published 1957 — 4 editions
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More books by Tennessee Williams…
“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

“I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Polls

January 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
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  7 votes, 11.3%

1958, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 209 pages
 
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1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  7 votes, 11.3%

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1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.2%

 
  1 vote, 1.6%

1928, Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh, 300 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1958, The Bell by Iris Murdoch, 320 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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