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. 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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A Streetcar Named Desire

3.98 avg rating — 256,649 ratings — published 1947 — 143 editions
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The Glass Menagerie

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3.70 avg rating — 109,023 ratings — published 1945 — 94 editions
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4.08 avg rating — 51,550 ratings — published 1955 — 80 editions
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Suddenly Last Summer

3.96 avg rating — 6,257 ratings — published 1958 — 20 editions
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The Night of the Iguana

3.86 avg rating — 4,700 ratings — published 1961 — 34 editions
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A Streetcar Named Desire an...

4.13 avg rating — 2,590 ratings — published 1965 — 8 editions
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Summer and Smoke

4.01 avg rating — 2,494 ratings — published 1948 — 23 editions
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Sweet Bird of Youth

3.71 avg rating — 2,387 ratings — published 1959 — 24 editions
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The Rose Tattoo

3.67 avg rating — 1,773 ratings — published 1951 — 20 editions
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Orpheus Descending

3.86 avg rating — 1,362 ratings — published 1957 — 13 editions
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“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

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  19 votes, 7.1%

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  15 votes, 5.6%

 
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