The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

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When it opened in Chicago in 1944, The Glass Menagerie marked a turning point in American theater and in the life of its then unknown author. Tennessee Williams's elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway--and today the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this "memory play" endure.In a cramped St. Louis apartment the aging Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, long preoccupied by memories of gentlemen callers and a world that no longer exists, is energized by the dilemma of how to save what remains of her family. Her restless son Tom -- factory worker, aspiring poet, and the narrator of the play -- is swept up in Amanda's comic and heartbreaking schemes to find Laura, his agonizingly shy and handicapped sister, a husband.This new edition of The Glass Menagerie comes with an exciting introduction by the playwright Tony Kushner. Williams's classic essay on the effect of swift and unexpected fame, "The Catastrophe of Success," his original production notes, and a new essay on the autobiographical background of the play by the distinguished Williams scholar Allean Hale are also included.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2011.
Edition: Deluxe centennial ed.
ISBN: 9780811218948
Branch Call Number: 812.54
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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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.

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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