Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (Mairch 26, 1911 – Februar 25, 1983) wis an American playwricht an author o mony stage clessics. Alang wi Eugene O'Neill an Arthur Miller he is conseedert amang the three foremaist playwrichts in 20t-century American drama.[1]

Tennessee Williams
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Tennessee Williams (age 54) fotografed bi Orland Fernandez in 1965 for the 20t anniversary o The Glass Menagerie
BornThomas Lanier Williams III
26 Mairch 1911(1911-03-26)
Columbus, Mississippi, Unitit States
Died25 Februar 1983(1983-02-25) (aged 71)
New York Ceety, Unitit States
Restin place
Calvary Seemetry
St. Louis, Missouri
Pairtner(s)Frank Merlo
Pancho Rodríguez y González
ParentsEdwina an Cornelius Coffin Williams
SignaturTennessee Williams signature.svg

Efter years o obscurity, at age 33 he becam suddenly famous wi the success o The Glass Menagerie (1944) in New York Ceety. This play closely reflectit his awn unhappy faimily backgrund. It wis the first o a string o successes, includin A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), an Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). Wi his later wark, he attemptit a new style that did nae appeal tae audiences. Increasin alcohol an drog dependence inhibitit his creautive expression. His drama A Streetcar Named Desire is eften nummered on short leets o the finest American plays o the 20t century alangside Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night an Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.[1]

Muckle o Williams' maist acclaimed wark haes been adaptit for the cinema. He an aw wrote short stories, poetry, essays an a vollum o memoirs. In 1979, fower years afore his daith, Williams wis inductit intae the American Theater Hall of Fame.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bloom, Harold, ed. (1987). Tennessee Williams. Chelsea House Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 978-0877546368.