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By Tennessee Williams

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

Menagerie used to be Williams's first renowned good fortune and introduced the intense, if a little arguable, occupation of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. given that its most excellent in Chicago in 1944, with the mythical Laurette Taylor within the position of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for excellent actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and played in study rooms and theatres world wide. The Glass Menagerie (in the interpreting textual content the writer hottest) is now to be had purely in its New instructions Paperbook version. a brand new advent by way 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 hot York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his tale of a relatives whose lives shape a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice nonetheless resonates deeply and universally." This version of The Glass Menagerie additionally contains Williams's essay at the effect of unexpected status on a suffering author, "The disaster of Success," in addition to a brief element of Williams's personal "Production Notes." the canopy positive aspects the vintage line drawing by means of Alvin Lustig, initially performed for the 1949 New instructions version.

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