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Streetcar Named Desire

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ISBN-10: 0811216020

ISBN-13: 9780811216029

Edition: 2004

Authors: Tennessee Williams, E. Browne, Arthur Miller

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List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 9/17/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

After O'Neill, Williams is perhaps the best dramatist the United States has yet produced. Born in his grandfather's rectory in Columbus, Mississippi, Williams and his family later moved to St. Louis. There Williams endured many bad years caused by the abuse of his father and his own anguish over his introverted sister, who was later permanently institutionalized. Williams attended the University of Missouri, and, after time out to clerk for a shoe company and for his own mental breakdown, also attended Washington University of St. Louis and the University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1938. Williams began to write plays in 1935. During 1943 he spent six months as a contract…    

The son of a well-to-do New York Jewish family, Miller graduated from high school and then went to work in a warehouse. He was born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, New York City. His plays have been called "political," but he considers the areas of literature and politics to be quite separate and has said, "The only sure and valid aim---speaking of art as a weapon---is the humanizing of man." The recurring theme of all his plays is the relationship between a man's identity and the image that society demands of him. After two years, he entered the University of Michigan, where he soon started writing plays. All My Sons (1947), a Broadway success that won the New York Drama Critics Circle…    

Introduction
A streetcar named desire
"The world I live in"