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By Tennessee Williams

No play within the glossy theatre has so captured the mind's eye and center of the yankee public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.

Menagerie used to be Williams's first renowned good fortune and introduced the intense, if slightly debatable, occupation of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. considering its most popular in Chicago in 1944, with the mythical Laurette Taylor within the position of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for nice actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and played in study rooms and theatres all over the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the studying textual content the writer most well liked) is now to be had purely in its New instructions Paperbook variation. a brand new advent by means of well known Williams pupil Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play greater than part a century after it gained the recent York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his tale of a kin whose lives shape a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice nonetheless resonates deeply and universally." This version of The Glass Menagerie additionally comprises Williams's essay at the effect of surprising status on a suffering author, "The disaster of Success," in addition to a quick portion of Williams's personal "Production Notes." the canopy positive factors the vintage line drawing by way of Alvin Lustig, initially performed for the 1949 New instructions version.

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