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A Streetcar Named Desire shows a turbulent confrontation between traditional values in the American South - an old-world graciousness and beauty running decoratively to seed - set against the rough-edged, aggressive materialism of the new world. Through the vividly characterised figures of Southern belle Blanche Dubois, seeking refuge from physical ugliness in decayed gentility, and her brutal brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, Tennessee Williams dramatises his sense of the South's past as still active and often destructive in modern America. In addition to the full text of the play, this edition contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play, a discussion of the various interpretations; notes on individual owrds and phrases as well as photographs from stage productions.
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Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 and started writing aged forteen as a means of "escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable". He spent the Depression years working in a shoe factory, before eventually getting his plays professionally produced in the 1940s, starting with The Glass Menagerie which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. In 1947 A Streetcar Named Desire opened in New York and ran for 885 performances. Williams died in 1983.Review:
'What emerges is a brutal picture of a messed-up world where escape, be it through bowling, booze or Blanche DuBois's epic self-delusion.' Herald (11 November 2008) 'Williams's world is one in which - as in real life - misery always comes entwined with a contrasting sense of beauty, glamour, music and yearning.' Scotsman (14 November 2008)
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Book Description Methuen Drama, 1984. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110413518906
Book Description Methuen Drama, 1984. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0413518906