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Tom : The Unknown Tennessee Williams

Leverich, Lyle

Published by Crown Publishing Group, 1995
ISBN 10: 0517702258 / ISBN 13: 9780517702253
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Title: Tom : The Unknown Tennessee Williams

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: Uncorrected Proof

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Uncorrected Proof Copy. Rare Copy, Does Contain Some Marked Over Works And Sentences. Light Soiling And Creasing On The Covers, Binding Is Firm And Pages Are Mostly Clean. "Emerging At Least From Six Years Of Legal Entanglements Involving The Tennessee Williams Estate, This Will Be Regarded As The Bedrock Authoritative Account Of The Little Known Early Life The Playwright Many Consider To B Ethe Greatest Artist Of The American Theater. Bookseller Inventory # 007423

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Synopsis: The bedrock, authoritative account of the little-known early life of Tennessee Williams. "Plainly a work of distinction...It will be great service to Williams's reputation and among other things may bring more of the young to an appreciation of his achievement."--Arthur Miller. Black-and-white photographs.

From Publishers Weekly: After a protracted squabble over private papers with the playwright's estate, Leverich delivers this hefty but only slightly bloated first volume of a projected two-volume life of Tennessee Williams (1911-1983). In it, Leverich?who produced several of Williams's plays and calls himself Williams's "chosen biographer"?covers the years through 1945, when The Glass Menagerie opened on Broadway. Treated are Williams's youth in Mississippi and St. Louis; the college years at the universities of Missouri and Iowa; bumming around (but always writing) in New Orleans and Greenwich Village; the disaster of his first Broadway play (it closed in Boston); script writing?or avoiding it?at MGM's Hollywood mill; and, finally, the evolution of Menagerie, a wonderfully detailed and dramatic case history in itself. Leverich's overworked conceit, which he restates at intervals, is that this is the life of Tom Williams, a "repressed puritan" poet, who in time created a more flamboyant public persona called Tennessee. A few matters are set straight. Leverich maintains his subject's active homosexual life started in his late 20s, later than Williams stated in his memoirs, and that his sister's infamous lobotomy came later than his mother claimed. Although the accumulation of information is impressive, the lower Leverich keeps his own profile and editorial commentary the better his book is, which means it is at its best when it simply reproduces Williams's sporadically kept journal. If you believe that all the details of a life are but preparation for a single event?in this case, the opening of a remarkable play?this is an impressively argued biography. Even if you don't, it is a compulsively readable story. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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