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Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Drama
Gentlemen Callers provides a fascinating look at America's greatest twentieth-century playwright and perhaps the most-performed, even today. Michael Paller looks at Tennessee Williams's plays from the 1940s through the 1960s against the backdrop of the playwright's life story, providing fresh details. Through this lens Paller examines the evolution of mid-twentieth-century ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 16th 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan
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"Gentlemen Callers" looks at Tennessee William's feelings and attitudes towards homosexuality as expressed in his plays, but unlike most of today's critics he places these thoughts and attitudes in the context of their time and shows a man who was both ahead of his time and of his time. One of the main charges against William's is that his gay characters were self loathing and miserable. What one forgets is that William's in the 1950's was not in denial of his sexuality, nor was he closeted. And ...more