Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie

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  • Vassilis Manoussakis

In 1942, and after a series of controversial plays which provoked strong and ambivalent reactions, Tennessee Williams decided to leave New Orleans to live in Mexico, because the environment would free him, as he used to say. Upon his arrival in Mexico, he immediately started work on a full-length play entitled Stairs to the Roof, which was about a clerk in a shirt factory with aspirations to reach something higher than the monotony of his job. This clerk found refuge in the solace and calmness of the store’s roof where he could smoke and think without interruption. This was the draft of the well-known play The Glass Menagerie. Williams did not stay in Mexico for a long time and moved back to New York, where he …

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Citation:
Manoussakis, Vassilis. "The Glass Menagerie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 February 2007
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