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Clothes for a Summer Hotel by Tennessee Williams
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Aug 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: plays

I'd venture to say this is one of Williams's lesser known plays. First performed in 1980, just a few years before his death, "Clothes" has the same sort of conflict as written in "Glass Menagerie" (ie the back and forth arguments between Amanda and Tom), but with a married couple in a love/hate relationship here. For me, Zelda was the protagonist of the piece, with her famous husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, serving as the villain. I don't know a lot about their relationship in real life, but if it's anything like in "Clothes for a Summer Hotel," I feel quite sorry for Zelda! Literary enthusiasts will also note the appearance of a Fitzgerald contemporary, Ernest Hemingway, and a brief mention of Joseph Conrad. Overall, if you're wanting a Tennessee Williams play quite different from any of his more famous works, look no further than "Clothes for a Summer Hotel."

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