Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (2087 words)

Vassilis Manoussakis (University of the Peloponnese)
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In 1945, after several disappointments and theatrical flops, Tennessee Williams had his first great success with the play The Glass Menagerie, which won him his first Critics' Award. Having broken the jinx of Broadway, and having received the praise of the public and of the theatre critics alike, Tennessee Williams was now free to pursue his writing and prove to the theatre world that he was not merely a one-success writer but a playwright of world stature. He achieved that with a play which was originally called The Poker Night, and was later renamed A Streetcar Name Desire. It appeared on Broadway on December 3, 1947 and its cast was truly impressive: Jessica Tandy as the fragile Blanche Du Bois, one of the m…

Citation: Manoussakis, Vassilis. "A Streetcar Named Desire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 March 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6955, accessed 04 July 2022.]

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