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'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. His two sons have returned home for the occasion: Gooper, his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, and his feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of happy family life and Southern gentility gradually slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies, jealousy and suppressed sexuality threaten to reach boiling point. Made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterly portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own making.
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Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the episcopal clergyman. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evening writing. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Among his many other plays Penguin have published Summer and Smoke (1948), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real (1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Baby Doll (1957), Orpheus Descending (1957), Something Unspoken (1958),Suddenly Last Summer (1958), Period of Adjustment (1960), The Night of the Iguana (1961), The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963), and Small Craft Warnings (1972). Tennessee Williams died in 1983.From School Library Journal:
Grade 10-Up Topics covered in 10 authoritative essays include: the character of Brick, his friendship with Skipper, his relationship with Maggie, homophobia, the author's unseen characters, Williams's treatment of women, the influence of Spanish author Federico Garc'a Lorca, and comparisons to Williams's other works. All chapters contain examples of dialogue from the play followed by interpretation. The book also has a chronology of the playwright's life and a substantial bibliography. Students studying Williams's work will find a wealth of information here. A great purchase for schools with Cat in the curriculum. -Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA
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Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation. Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0811205711I5N00
Book Description New Directions. Paperback. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2944311322
Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1954. Condition: Fair. Revised. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP98524166
Book Description New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1954. Condition: Good. Revised. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP79618010
Book Description New Directions, New York, 1975. Cloth with Dustjacket. First New Directions Revised Edition. The great Tennessee Williams play that was revived by the American Shakespeare Theatre in 1974 and contains the completely rewritten third act along with other revisions. This production starred Elizabeth Ashley (who is pictured on the front cover) Keir Dullea, Kate Reid and Fred Gwynne. Small name label of Bridget Aschenberg, a playwrights' agent for more than 40 years on the front pastedown, faint browning to the endsheet and pastedown where a newspaper clipping wa laid in. Laid in is a playbill from the 2003 production of the play that starred Ashley Judd. Near fine/fine. Seller Inventory # 010253
Book Description New Directions, (New York), 1975. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First revised edition. Fine in fine dustwrapper. A complete revision of the third act for the American Shakespeare Theatre production, and uncommon. Seller Inventory # 319534