Tennessee Williams


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

Died
February 25, 1983

Genre

Influences


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.

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, after years of obscurity, at age 33 he became famous with the success of The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York City. This play closely reflected his own unhappy family background. It was the first of a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959), and The Night of the Iguana (1961). With his later work, he attempted a new style that did not ap
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A Streetcar Named Desire

3.98 avg rating — 269,634 ratings — published 1947 — 152 editions
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The Glass Menagerie

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3.71 avg rating — 116,036 ratings — published 1945 — 47 editions
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4.07 avg rating — 54,283 ratings — published 1955 — 81 editions
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Suddenly Last Summer

3.96 avg rating — 6,487 ratings — published 1958 — 21 editions
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The Night of the Iguana

3.86 avg rating — 4,898 ratings — published 1961 — 37 editions
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4.13 avg rating — 2,708 ratings — published 1965 — 11 editions
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Summer and Smoke

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2,569 ratings — published 1948 — 23 editions
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Sweet Bird of Youth

3.71 avg rating — 2,566 ratings — published 1959 — 26 editions
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The Rose Tattoo

3.68 avg rating — 1,886 ratings — published 1951 — 16 editions
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Orpheus Descending

3.85 avg rating — 1,419 ratings — published 1957 — 14 editions
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“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
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“I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”
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Polls

January 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  16 votes, 28.1%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  7 votes, 12.3%

 
  7 votes, 12.3%

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  6 votes, 10.5%

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  5 votes, 8.8%

 
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  3 votes, 5.3%

 
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  2 votes, 3.5%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.5%

 
  1 vote, 1.8%

 
  1 vote, 1.8%

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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