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Five O'Clock Angel: Letters of Tennessee Williams to Maria St. Just, 1948-1982

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A remarkable collection of letters reveals the most intimate portrait yet available on the private life of Tennessee Williams. Maria St. Just was for 30 years Williams' closest friend, confidant, and reader and the inspiration for Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 75 photographs.
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published May 12th 1990 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Sam Schulman
Maria St. Just, the child of White Russian emigres, was the model for Maggie the Cat, sort of, but she comes to resemble more the character played by Ava Gardner in the movie of Night of the Iguana. Williams's letters to her are pretty wonderful, because he clearly trusted her (I've not read his letters or any biography of him), but Maria's story is rather sad, because she was fatally attracted to rather wispy, languid WASPS (she of course was Orthodox). The first James Laughlin, the heir to Jon ...more
Shannon Yarbrough
The computer killed the art of letter writing, or I should say the internet did with its remarkable means of communication via email. I'm guilty of it myself these days though I do share a regular email exchange with the person who gave me this book and I print and keep a paper copy of every email from her for this very reason.

Don't believe me? When's the last time you printed a photograph you took with your cell phone? How often do you go back and reread old tweets on Twitter or messages on Fac
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Sophie
I think that reading the letters written by Tennessee Williams to her best friend, Maria St Just, is the best way to really know who T.Williams was.
His autobiography is so lame and boring that it's useless to read it.

His letters are true, funny, honest and kind. It is a pity that Tennessee Williams didn't keep the letters written by Maria St Just, but nevertherless, reading his letters is fascinating.
We can see how he loved and trusted her.
He talked about his life, his sister Rose, his companion
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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 ...more
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