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by Tennessee Williams

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Title:The Glass Menagerie (New Classics Series)
Authors:Tennessee Williams
Info:New Directions (1970), Edition: Eighth Edition, Paperback, 115 pages
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (1945)



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Toller Schluss. Ein sehr dezentes feinfühliges Buch, das gerade dadurch um so kraftvoller wirkt. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
Yeah, whatever Tennessee.
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
The 1944 “The Glass Menagerie” is Tennessee Williams’ first commercial success. It’s a tight 4 person play with Amanda/mother, Laura/sister, Tom/brother and narrator, and Jim/the gentleman caller. Amanda is an ex-Southern Belle who is obsessed with finding a gentleman caller for the ultra-shy and mentally fragile Laura, the symbolic glass. Tom meanwhile is tired of his mother’s endless naggings of the way he chews, the way he dresses, and of her repeated retelling of her girly days in the Blue Mountains with her “17 gentleman callers in one Sunday afternoon”. Upon his mother’s urgings, he brings home a coworker, Jim, to meet Laura. Nothing ends well (big surprise), and the family will soon face even darker days, literally and figuratively, when Tom follows his father’s footsteps. The candles are darkened…

Having read “Streetcar” first, Amanda immediately evokes images of Blanche, living in memories of a time long ago, thrusting her ideals upon others, and simply annoying everyone around her. Tom is a softer version of Stanley with an innate selfishness and perhaps even cruelty that has yet to reveal itself fully. The writing is a bit simpler and restrained, for good reasons. Apparently, “The Glass Menagerie” has autobiographical elements particularly of Laura, whose nickname of “Blue Roses” is named after Williams’ sister, Rose, who had a blotched lobotomy leaving her incapacitated. Williams had loved his sister dearly; writing of his own family must have stung to say the least. When I initially finished the book, I felt I was left hanging; I wanted more. But after sleeping on it, it would make no sense to reveal the torments that will befall the family. The controlled ending is right as it is.

Finally, this book version has an essay written by Williams, titled “The Catastrophe of Success”, addressing the impact of his sudden fame living in luxury hotels with servants and how such an environment is not conducive of creativity. This snapshot of a moment in his life is particularly intriguing after a bit more autobiographical reading reveals that he too fell into traps of his own success becoming a drug addict. Yikes. This bonus essay bumps the rating up half a star.

One quote on Success from the essay:
“…Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. Once you know this is true, that the heart of man, his body and his brain, are forged in a white-hot furnace for the purpose of conflict (the struggle of creation) and that with the conflict removed, the man is a sword cutting daises, that not privation but luxury is the wolf at the door and that the fangs of this wolf are all the little vanities and conceits and laxities that Success is heir to – why, then with this knowledge you are at least in a position of knowing where danger lies.” ( )
  varwenea | Feb 28, 2016 |
Yeah, whatever Tennessee.
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Yeah, whatever Tennessee.
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811214044, Paperback)

No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.

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 of The 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 of The 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.

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