Summer & Smoke

Williams, Tennessee

Published by New Directions, 1948
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New York. 1948. New Directions. 1st Edition. Very Good.No Dustjacket. 36. 130 pages. hardcover. keywords: March 26. inventory # 7295. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Alma Winemiller, the daughter of a Mississippi minister and his insane wife, is a spiritually energetic girl in love with her lifelong neighbor, Dr. John Buchanan. The young doctor is attracted by the girl’s idealism, but he expresses his tenderness toward her by a harsh insistence on its sexual aspects. Shocked, the girl tries to pit her idealism against the boy’s boastful sinfulness. (‘You’re no gentleman!’ she cries-and she is right.) Alma wins the ‘argument’ only when John’s father is killed in an accident brought about by John’s soiled companions. Now redeemed from his carnal course, John does not turn to his savior Alma, but instead marries a buxom little female of coarser background. Alma, in turn, converted to the doctrine of the senses (reversing the pattern of ladies from Thaïs to Sadie Thompson), now seems prepared to indulge in casual affairs. One of the springs of Williams’ inspiration is his fascination with the opposition between the old Adam which tends to keep us mired in a kind of primitive inertia, and our impulse to transcend it. In A Streetcar Named Desire this fascination led him almost unconsciously to a social theme: the ‘animal’ in that play is identified with the ‘ordinary’ American. The naturalistic details of portraiture in Streetcar are so right that the audience accepts and enjoys them on their own terms whether or not they follow the author’s ideological intention, which, to begin with, is intuitive rather than analytic. In Summer and Smoke so much time is given to a conscious exposition of theme that Williams loses the specific sense of his people and to a dangerous extent our concern as spectators. - Harold Clurman, from SUMMER AND SMOKE (1948) - THEATRE: MAN WITH A PROBLEM. . Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Summer & Smoke
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: 1948
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good.No Dustjacket.
Edition: 1st Edition.

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