The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

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Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world.The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor ofThe Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally." This edition ofThe Glass Menagerie also includes Williams's essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success," as well as a short section of Williams's own "Production Notes." The cover features the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, c1999.
ISBN: 9780811214049
0811214044
Branch Call Number: 812.54 Williams
Characteristics: xxii, 105 p. ;,20 cm.

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maipenrai
Jun 21, 2019

In my continuing pursuit of a comparison between plays as written and the later productions and films I have seen.... I do not remember as much anger, frustration, hostility between the mother and Tom. In the last production at the Guthrie that I remember, there seemed to be much more narration by Tom and less outright fighting. Regardless, this is a timeless classic in any form. Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoeAndrew Dec 11, 2017

Brutal and beautiful.

HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

Ugh. I really dislike Tennessee Williams - his characters are flat and shrill in virtually all of his plays, this one included.

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dove123_
Jan 22, 2016

This play was short and sweet, and had really nice movement. The things Jim said to Laura is relevant, even today. A good, quick read for anyone.

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