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Ibell discusses Williams’s early plays that have become household names: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But he also rescues Williams’s later works from critical obscurity, uncovering overlooked values in them. He explores the importance of Europe on the Southerner’s imagination, following Williams and his companion—Gore Vidal—through holiday after holiday in Italy; and he looks, especially, at the theme for which Williams became most known: the power of sexual attraction and the tragedy of its loss when we—as we all must do—grow old.
Punchy, accessible, and fabulously illuminating, this critical biography is a must-read for any admirer of American theater, literature, or the passionate lives of those who define them.
1 Early Life
2 The Later 1940s: A Streetcar to Success
3 The 1950s: A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
4 The 1960s: A Period of Adjustment
5 The 1970s: Small Craft Warnings
6 The 1980s: Steps Must Be Gentle
7 Afterlife: Into the Twenty-first Century