A Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions Books)

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It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continueto have the same power and impact as when they first appeared 57 yearsafter its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desireis one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded andpromiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy andbrutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched thecareers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the mostimportant young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of EliaKazan as the greatest American stage director of the '40s and '50s.Whobetter than America's elder statesman of the theater, Williams'contemporary Arthur Miller, to write as a witness to the lightning thatstruck American culture in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire?Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poeticdialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this aunique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire.This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "TheWorld I Live In," and a brief chronology of the author's life.

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Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.

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"In Streetcar Williams found images and rhythms that are still part of the way we think and feel and move..."

In Streetcar Williams found images and rhythms that are still part of the way we think and feel and move. --Jack Kroll

Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny. --Francis Ford Coppola

The introductions, by playwrights as illustrious as Williams himself, are the gem of these new editions. --Ken Furtado

Blanche is the Everest of modern American drama, a peak of psychological complexity and emotional range. --John Lahr

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