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Here are portraits of American life during the Great Depression and after, populated by a hopelessly hopeful chorus girl, a munitions manufacturer ensnared in a love triangle, a rural family that deals 'œjustice' on its children, an overconfident mob dandy, a poor couple who quarrel to vanquish despair, a young 'œspinster' enthralled by the impulse of rebellion, and, in 'œThe Magic Tower,' a passionate artist and his wife whose youth and optimism are not enough to protect their 'œdream marriage.' This new volume gathers some of Williams's most exuberant early work and includes one-acts that he would later expand to powerful full-length dramas: 'œThe Pretty Trap,' a cheerful take on The Glass Menagerie , and 'œInterior: Panic,' a stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire . The plays included: At Liberty '¢ The Magic Tower '¢ Me, Vashya '¢ Curtains for the Gentleman '¢ In Our Profession '¢ Every Twenty Minutes '¢ American Gothic '¢ The Case of the Crushed Petunias '¢ Moony's Kid Don't Cry '¢ The Dark Room '¢ The Pretty Trap '¢ Interior: Panic '¢ The Reading '¢ I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays '¢ Kingdom of Earth '¢ Some Problems for The Moose Lodge