Sweet Bird of Youth

Williams, Tennessee

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2010. Paperback. Williams' play about drifter Chance Wayne who returns to his hometown with a faded movie star hoping to find the girl of his youth is a classic study of the dream of recapturing youth and finding fame. This edition features an extensive critical commentary and questions aimed at students of the play. Editor(s): Weiss, Katherine. Series: Student Editions. Num Pages: 176 pages. BIC Classification: DD. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 198 x 129 x 12. Weight in Grams: 152. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Now with an insightful new introduction, the author's original Foreword, and the one-act play, The Enemy: Time, on which Sweet Bird of Youth was based.

Tennessee Williams knew how to tell a good tale, and this steamy, wrenching play about a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, and about the lost innocence and corruption of Chance Wayne, reveals the dark side of the American dreams of youth and fame. Distinguished American playwright Lanford Wilson has written an insightful Introduction for this edition. Also included are Williams’ original Foreword to the play; the one-act play The Enemy: Time―the germ for the full-length version, published here for the first time; an essay by Tennessee Williams scholar, Colby H. Kullman; and a chronology of the author’s life.

From the Back Cover: The very title of Sweet Bird of Youth is one of ironic pity. The two chief characters--a raddled has-been actress from Hollywood, seeking to forget her present in drugs and sex, and her still handsome masseur-gigolo, who has brought her to his hometown in the South, believing that through her money and faded glamor his gaudy illusions may yet come true--are the reverse side of the American dream of youth. Yet as they work out their fate amid violence and horror, there is nevertheless a note of compassion for the damned.

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