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27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays (The Theatre of Tennessee Williams #6)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  518 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
They are full of the perception of life as it is, and the passion for life as it ought to be, which have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the American theater.


Only one of these plays (The Purification) is written in verse, but in all of them the approach to character is by way of poetic revelation. Whether Williams is writing of derelict ro
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Paperback, 238 pages
Published January 17th 1966 by New Directions (first published 1945)
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R.K. Cowles
3 1/2 stars
Diane Gurman
Dec 04, 2016 Diane Gurman rated it it was amazing
Each one-act play is a perfect jewel. Superlative writing.
Duffy Pratt
Jul 15, 2011 Duffy Pratt rated it it was ok
Shelves: play
Think of all the oddly placed Shakespeare adaptations -- Richard III in a 1930s Fascist state: Romeo and Juliet in a modern day South Beach, or on NY's upper west side; The Tempest in space (Forbidden Planet); Macbeth in feudal Japan (Throne of Blood). And that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of odd off-Broadway productions where the director had an "idea." Many of these are truly awful, but for some reason it's tremendously easy to imagine Shakespeare in other places and at other ...more
Abimelech Abimelech
Sep 05, 2013 Abimelech Abimelech rated it it was amazing
Strongly reccomended for Williams fans and anyone into short theatre, especially writing it. This was my second go-round with 27 Wagons - last time I was way younger - and what was over my head as a wee lad (Things like 'wretchedly furnished rooms,' body vermin, ah, I don't know, hell, I just didn't even really get Tennessee back then save Brando on the big screen, thankfully I have since visited the south and suffered via rooms quite wretched, ditto on the lack of body vermin) has all turned ...more
Megan
Jun 21, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: to-re-read, drama
A collection of 13 one-act plays, including some of Williams' most famous, such as "The Last of my Solid Gold Watches" and the titular "27 Wagons Full of Cotton"

"Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen" is a favorite as well, but I especially like "The Purification"

Tennessee Williams is fantastic and his plays are just as engaging to read as to see performed, which definitely cannot be said of all playwrights.

The collection has an introduction by Williams' that is a short essay on his view
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Ali
May 24, 2013 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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نمایش نامه ی 27 واگن بار پنبه را به فارسی دیده ام. بسیاری از کارهای تنسی ویلیامز، از جمله نمایش نامه های تک پرده ای و کوتاهش در دهه ی سی، بعد از کودتا به فارسی ترجمه و اجرا شده. گویا آن زمان قرار بوده فرهنگ آمریکایی و انگلیسی جای فرهنگ و زبان فرانسه را که از دوران مشروطه در ایران معمول بود، بگیرد. یک آمریکایی هم بود که نامش را درست بخاطر ندارم (دکتر کویین بی؟) که در دانشکده ی ادبیات، انگلیسی تدریس می کرد، و برخی از آثار تنسی ویلیامز و آرتور میللر را در تالار فردوسی روی صحنه آورد، تقریبن بانی ...more
Roland
Oct 22, 2014 Roland rated it really liked it
Obviously with a collection of short plays there's gonna be some hits and misses, but there's enough good stuff in this that I highly recommend it. This Property is Condemned is heartbreaking, 27 Wagons is disturbing, and The Demolition Downtown was a big surprise, since it felt almost sci fi. I wasn't wild about The Last of My Solid Gold Watches or Steps Must be Gentle, but the writing was interesting enough that I stayed engaged throughout.
Teemu
Jan 09, 2012 Teemu rated it really liked it
Short plays which are occasionally a bit more sketches than I would prefer. but there's still some quite strong writing involved. The best of the bunch are the stories 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Last of My Solid Gold Watches. Have to think about the rest.

These short plays have Tennessee Williams' name written all around them. Very recognizable, the athmosphere is there all right.
j_ay
Dec 03, 2011 j_ay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
27 Wagons Full of Cotton, The Purification, The Lady of Larkspur, Lotion, The Last of My Solid Gold Watches, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto-Da-Fe, Lord Byron's Love Letter, The Strangest Kind of Romance, The Long Good-bye, Hello from Bertha, This Property Is Condemned, Talk to Me Like the Rain..., Something Unspoken, The Unsatisfactory Supper, Steps Must be Gentle, The Demolition Downtown
Xavier
Feb 22, 2010 Xavier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first time I read this book I was in high school and it has stayed with me ever since. One play in particular, "Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen." As a Williams play, it's subtext is thick and weighty, it's nameless protagonist desperate like the rest of them.
Jaime
Jan 04, 2015 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
27 Wagons, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Strangest Kind of Romance and Something Unspoken are must-reads.
Isadora Wagner
Aug 31, 2013 Isadora Wagner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: southern
This is a great collection of short one-act plays from the early portion of Tennessee Williams' career. Stunning in its range and the vibrancy (as always) of characters.
David Castro
Feb 29, 2008 David Castro rated it it was amazing
27 Wagons is my absolute favorite Williams peice. It is dark, sad and desperate. What more southern drama do you need? Oh and the female lead is called Babydoll. Need I say more.
Darby
Feb 18, 2013 Darby rated it really liked it
Shelves: class
Someone, help! Every Tennessee play I read replaces the others as favorites and I'm only halfway through the semester!
Amanda Spacaj-Gorham
Mar 20, 2012 Amanda Spacaj-Gorham rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was in my early teens and now (at 40) I still feel the mood of it...self-oppressing and teetering on the edge of a volcano. Very worth reading.
Theo
Oct 25, 2007 Theo rated it really liked it
The best thing to read on mass transit. One act plays, who would have thought. It's like I'm at the theater everyday, and I'm not talking about my people's chariot co-pilots.
Erica
Dec 17, 2009 Erica rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
I'm a bit biased, since I acted in this. Still, I absolutely love the plot and the characters are incredible.
Halle
Dec 16, 2009 Halle rated it really liked it
I got sent to the principal's office freshman year for reading this instead of "At Risk" (the book about the little girl who gets AIDS from a blood transfusion) in my English class. WTF?
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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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