'Disturbing, moving, and funny; these stories help amplify Williams's tragic vision, for like the plays, they underline his preoccupation and insight into the conflicts of the human heart' New York Times
Acclaimed as one of America's most successful playwrights, Tennessee Williams also published four volumes of short stories. In Collected Stories, these volumes are combined with a wealth of unpublished and uncollected work, ranging from his first his story published in `Weird Tales' when William was seventeen, to his later frank homosexual fantasies.
Williams was famous for insisting he write every morning. Even during his darkest days, while mourning a lover, or abusing some substance - he would write. The Collected Stories are from every period of his life, and recreate the milieux Williams knew and chronicled so movingly - from his gypsy youth in St. Louis and New Orleans to his days of celebrity in Hollywood and New York.
'The two ingredients of Williams's plays - great gab and steamy sex - are both here in the stories' Edmund White, Sunday Times
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I yearned for a bad influence and boy, was Tennessee one in the best sense of the word: joyous, alarming, sexually confusing and dangerously funny -
Williams's ear for dialogue, eye for character, and exploration of love, longing and loneliness are as powerful in these stories as they are in his plays. - John Berendt, author of Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil
There used to be two streetcars in New Orleans. One was named Desire and the other was called Cemeteries. To get where you were going, you changed from the first to the second. In these stories, Tennessee validated with his genius our common ticket of transfer -
As in the plays, it is the force and adroitness of his curiosity that impresses. - Guardian
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Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Mississippi. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to work in a shoe company. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels. Williams wrote over thirty plays including The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Street Car Named Desire (1947) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Tennessee Williams died in 1983