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When it opened in Chicago in 1944, The Glass Menagerie marked a turningpoint in American theater and in the life of its then unknown author. TennesseeWilliams's elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway-andtoday the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this #x1C;memory play#x1D; endure. In a cramped St. Louis apartment the aging Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, long preoccupied by memories of gentlemen callers and a world that nolonger exists, is energized by the dilemma of how to save what remains of herfamily. Her restless son Tom-factory worker, aspiring poet, and the narrator ofthe play-is swept up in Amanda#x19;s comic and heartbreaking schemes to findLaura, his agonizingly shy and handicapped sister, a husband. This new edition of The Glass Menagerie comes with an exciting introduction by the playwright Tony Kushner. Williams#x19;s classic essay on the effect ofswift and unexpected fame, #x1C;The Catastrophe of Success,#x1D; his original production notes, and a new essay on the autobiographical background of the play bythe distinguished Williams scholar Allean Hale are also included.
Table of Contents
|The Characters||p. 51|
|Cast Listing and Scene||p. 52|
|Author's Production Notes||p. 53|
|The Glass Menagerie||p. 57|
|Opening Night Reviews||p. 147|
|"The Catastrophe of Success," an essay||p. 151|
|Archival Production Photographs||p. 157|
|"Portrait of a Girl in Glass," a story||p. 165|
|The Pretty Trap, a one-act play||p. 177|
|"In the Menagerie," an essay||p. 207|
|"The Homosexual in Society," an essay||p. 215|
|"Legend," and "To Brooklyn Bridge," two poems||p. 231|
|"To You and Give Me the Silent Splendid Sun," two poems||p. 235|
|"As I stood in my room tonight," "Recuerdo," and "The Beanstalk Country," three poems||p. 241|
|"somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond," a poem||p. 247|
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