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Wesley V
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This man had such a way with words. I love this paragraph especially: "It is only in his work that an artist can find reality and satisfaction, for the actual world is less intense than the world of his invention and consequently his life, without recourse to violent disorder, does not seem very substantial. The right condition for him is that in which his work is not only convenient but unavoidable."

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Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honest statement of what is self-evident and yet so elusive, plus a pinch of apology.
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My absolute favorite piece of published work ever written.
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Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This essay is really short, but worth a read if you want some autobiographical reflection over an artist's life. I don't necessarily agree with William's points, specifically regarding financial security that comes with success, but I do think it's interesting to have him make that point in a time that was definitely even less secure than ours.
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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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