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Tenn at One Hundred, edited by David Kaplan, is a comprehensive look at the reputation of America's greatest playwright Tennessee Williams. Published on the occasion of Tennessee Williams' centennial, Tenn at One Hundred contains eighteen essays by authors including John Lahr, William Jay Smith, Sam Staggs, Amiri Baraka, John Patrick Shanley, Kenneth Holditch, Allean Hale and others. Collectively the essays explore Tennessee Williams and his legacy: the plays, the films, reviews, talent, tenacity, good forturne, bad timing, friends, addictions, critics, producers, publishers, directors, actors and biographers that helped to shape Tennessee Williams' critical reputation and iconic status over the past seventy years.

Best known for the groundbreaking plays, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams began his writing career in the 1930s as a struggling and unknown poet. At the time of his death in 1983, Tennessee Williams was the most produced playwright in the country and one of the most ridiculed American writers. What were the events and decisions that created these conflicting extremes of reputation? How did Tennessee Williams come to be known as one of the most shocking writers of the post-war era while he was lauded as America's poet of human heart? Tenn at One Hundred is the first book to attempt to answer these questions and to begin re-assessing Tennessee Williams' reputation.

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David Kaplan is the author of the book Tennessee Williams in Provincetown and various articles about Williams, Eudora Welty, Japanese poetry, and Shakespeare productions in Central Asia. He is curator and co-founder of the annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival now in its sixth year. He has staged plays written by Williams throughout the world: Suddenly Last Summer in Russia, performed in the Russian language at the Gorky Theater in Samara, Russia; The Eccentricities of a Nightingale performed in Cantonese at the acclaimed Hong Kong Repertory Theater. In America he staged the world premieres of Williams' The Day on Which a Man Dies (in Chicago), The Dog Enchanted by the Divine View (in Boston), as well as productions of Williams Traveling Companion, Chalky White Substance, Talk to Me Like the Rain ..., Frosted Glass Coffins, and A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot. In June 2011 the heap of ripped paper and splattered paint he designed for the setting of Williams' The Day on Which a Man Dies will be installed as part of the American exhibit of stage design at the Prague Quadrennial.

He is also the author of the textbook series Five Approaches to Acting.

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Despite his stature, misinformation about Tennessee Williams (1911-83) is widespread. Many of these misconceptions are demolished in Tenn at One Hundred: The Reputation of Tennessee Williams. Edited by David Kaplan, this collection of essays is the best book about the great American dramatist since the late Lyle Leverich's Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams (1995)....Anyone interested in the politics of art and its impact on Williams will find this book invaluable. --Bay Area Reporter, May 12, 2011, by Tavo Amador

Editor David Kaplan's collection of essays Tenn at One Hundred: The Reputation of Tennessee Williams is a deeply incisive and personal look at one of America's greatest playwrights that also celebrates Tennessee Williams' centennial. Written by Williams friends, colleagues, and biographers, and including revealing glimpses into his journals and letters, this collection of essays explores the growth and decay of a genius, from his first forays into writing as a disaffected young St. Louis boy to his drug-addled and tragic end. Tenn at One Hundred is an honest and moving portrayal of success gone wrong and a reputation shattered by personal demons and too many professional failures.... --Times Square Chroniles, August 14, 2011, Sulome Anderson

The eighteen biographical essays in TENN AT ONE HUNDRED make good companion reading by shedding light on some of the more prominent questions about the playwright and his work. These wide-ranging articles by scholars, critics and fellow playwrights manage to be be both informative and easily accessible to general readers and students. --American Theatre, September 2011, Garrett Eisler

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