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Vieux Carre

WILLIAMS, Tennessee (1911-1982)

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ISBN 10: 0811207277 / ISBN 13: 9780811207270
Published by New Directions, New York, 1979
Condition: As New Hardcover
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First Edition. 8vo: [10],116,[6]pp. Publisher's olive-green coaesely woven V cloth, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial dust jacket priced $9.50. As New and unread, tight, bright and clean, with just a touch of dust-spotting to top edge, in a Fine jacket with very slight rub to head of spine panel. Crandell A46.I.a. Set in a once-respectable but now run-down boarding house in the French Quarter of New Orleans, at 722 Toulouse, the address that was home to Williams in the late 1930s. One of the playwright's autobiographical memory plays, treating the central figure's homosexuality more candidly than 'Menagerie' could. Scarce. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB0631

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Title: Vieux Carre

Publisher: New Directions, New York

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Printing.

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Born out of the journals the playwright kept at the time, Tennessee Williams's Vieux Carré is not emotion recollected in tranquility, but emotion re-created with all the pain, compassion, and wry humor of the playwright's own 1938-39 sojourn in the New Orleans French Quarter vividly intact.

The drama takes it form from the shifting scenes of memory, and Williams's surrogate self invites us to focus, in turn, on the various inhabitants or his dilapidated rooming house in the Vieux Carré: the comically desperate landlady, Mrs. Wire; Jane, a properly brought-up young woman from New York making at last grab at pleasure with Tye, the vulgar but appealing strip-joint barker; two decayed gentlewomen politely starving in the garret; and the dying painter Nightingale, who tries to teach the young writer something about love--both of the body and of the heart. This is a play about the education of the artist, and education in loneliness and despair, in giving and not giving, but most of all in seeing, hearing, feeling, and learning that "writers are shameless spies," who pay dearly for their knowledge and who cannot forget. Building on two decades of Williams scholarship since Vieux Carré was originally published, Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, has provided a new introduction for this edition, giving the most authoritative account yet of its background and genesis.

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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.

Robert Bray is an author, editor, and Tennessee Williams scholar.

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