A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman and The Crucible and Williams essay The World I Live In It is a very

The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman and The Crucible , and Williams essay The World I Live In It is a very short list of 20th century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared 57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee WillThe Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman and The Crucible , and Williams essay The World I Live In It is a very short list of 20th century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared 57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother in law, Stanley Kowalski Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the 40s and 50s.

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  1. Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to Tennessee, the state of his father s birth He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955 In addition, The Glass Menagerie 1945 and The Night of the Iguana 1961 received New York Drama Critics Circle Awards His 1952 play The Rose Tattoo dedicated to his lover, Frank Merlo , received the Tony Award for best play.Characters in his plays are often seen as representations of his family members Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie was understood to be modeled on Rose Some biographers believed that the character of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire is also based on her.Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie was generally seen to represent Williams mother, Edwina Characters such as Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Sebastian in Suddenly, Last Summer were understood to represent Williams himself In addition, he used a lobotomy operation as a motif in Suddenly, Last Summer.The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955 These two plays were later filmed, with great success, by noted directors Elia Kazan Streetcar with whom Williams developed a very close artistic relationship, and Richard Brooks Cat Both plays included references to elements of Williams life such as homosexuality, mental instability, and alcoholism Although The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets was the preferred choice of the Pulitzer Prize jury in 1955 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was at first considered the weakest of the five shortlisted nominees, Joseph Pulitzer Jr chairman of the Board, had seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and thought it worthy of the drama prize The Board went along with him after considerable discussion 18 Williams wrote The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer when he was 29 and worked on it sporadically throughout his life A semi autobiographical depiction of his 1940 romance with Kip Kiernan in Provincetown, Massachusetts, it was produced for the first time on October 1, 2006 in Provincetown by the Shakespeare on the Cape production company, as part of the First Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.Other works by Williams include Camino Real and Sweet Bird of Youth.His last play went through many drafts as he was trying to reconcile what would be the end of his life 14 There are many versions of it, but it is referred to as In Masks Outrageous and Austere.

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  1. It is the steamy summer in New Orleans in the late 1940s Old war buddies have gone to their weekly bowling league after work Meanwhile, young brides pass the time in their two flat apartment while waiting for their husbands to return It is amidst this backdrop that begins Tennessee Williams classic play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which still stands the test of time today and became a classic film featuring Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy This steamy play ran the gamut of human emotions, and for [...]

  2. He is of medium height, about five feet eight or nine, and strongly, compactly built Animal joy in his being is implicit in all his movements and attitudes Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependency, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens Branching out from this complete and satisfying center are all the auxiliary channels of his life, such as his heartiness with me [...]

  3. It s the late 1940 s and I could visualize the setting of the New Orleans French Quarter love it and hear the jazzy blues music playing thru the window as Tennessee Williams brings to life the characters of a very well built Stanley, his better half Stella, and her delusional, whiskey drinking southern belle of a sister Blanche who is in town for an extended visit.With two women and one hot tempered, suspicious man in a dinky one bedroom flat, trouble starts brewing at the onset and never lets u [...]

  4. 4.5 starsTragic, raw, and suffused with striking imagery and symbolism, this play is a must read and now one that I must also see Williams does a tremendous job of evoking the atmosphere of New Orleans during the 1940 s the music, the heat, the people The prose is lyrical and truly astonishing at times I felt as if I were a participant in each and every scene The sky that shows around the dim white building is a peculiarly tender blue, almost a turquoise, which invests the scene with a kind of l [...]

  5. They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields There is a certain high you feel when you read a classic It s not one that can be repeatable or interchangeable It attaches on to you and if it s good enough It might never leave your system Enter, our setting New Orleans in the late 1940s, post second world war and the American Dream is thick in the atmosphere Jazz and sex and booze and gambling run wild on [...]

  6. There s a sort of invisible thread from Madame Bovary to A Streetcar Named Desire, which in its route gets tied up in a hot whorehouse and wraps vainly around the cosmetics section of a pharmacy in the Southern United States before knotting at its terminus in New Orleans I find it almost criminal how often people mistake Blanche duBois whimsy for female frailty, for I think she is an almost unnaturally strong character far, far so than her timid sister Stella Perhaps it is because her foil, and [...]

  7. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee WilliamsA Streetcar Named Desire is a 1947 play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams that received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 The play opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947, and closed on December 17, 1949, in the Ethel Barry Theatre The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, and Kim Hunter The London production opened in 1949 with Bonar Colleano, Vivien Leigh, and Renee Ash [...]

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    PopSugar Challenge 2015 SPILLOVER because I am a challenge failure, oops Category A Play4 StarsWhat a deliciously depressive way to commence my 2016 reading year After hearing and reading about A Streetcar Named Desire glares at Losing It , seriously authors please stop putting massive spoilers for classic works in your books PLEASE I didn t get spoiled mind because I already knew, but still for many a year I have finally sat down and read it And what I have to say is this what the fuck took me [...]

  9. Tennessee Williams writes some brilliant dialogue and distributes it perfectly across an explosive cast of characters All of it makes for some crazy intense scenes.So while it s natural to imagine this would be an awesome play which I can t wait to see some day , the experience of reading it isn t, or at least for me it wasn t Seems like this was clearly written to be performed not read, like most plays are

  10. Mental degeneration is a gradual process it is something that happens slowly over a substantial period of time With this play it was like a smack in the mouth it came suddenly and without any form of real warning Blanche is clearly delusional She has convinced herself of a life that doesn t really exist This is like her body armour, a shell she uses to protect herself She pretends to be a member of a higher class in which her life is perfectly fine, but it s not Nobody else is aware of this Her [...]

  11. You are an ordinary guy and your wife s sister comes to stay with you, began Mary McCarthy in the Partisan Review Whenever you want to go to the toilet, there she is in the bathroom, primping or having a bath My God, you yell, can t a man pee in his own house This variation on the mother in law joke, which stunned Broadway in 1947 with the heroine s rape, swiftly became an American classic with such lines for the sex act as getting those colored lights going On arrival Blanche, played by Jessica [...]

  12. Stell lahhhhh I read this back in the late 70s and I can honestly say that, while I enjoyed it, I never fully appreciated it It was a good, short read for a school assignment Nothing special.Then I saw the film adaptation and it quickly became an all time favorite movie And Blanche Dubois came to life as one of the most interesting characters I have ever happened upon Even with her vanity, manipulative behavior, the loss of the ancestral home and her lies, I don t want realism I want magic Yes, [...]

  13. I enjoyed the story It really drew me in, which is saying something considering that I picked it to read on commercial breaks during the Olympics and I ended up reading instead of watching I liked this play because the characters seemed like real, flawed people Granted, Blanche was a little over the top sometimes, but I imagine all southern belle types are a little over the top from time to time Blanche was an easily identifiable character someone who deeply regrets a thoughtless act in her yout [...]

  14. Such a powerful drama Williams presents his word portraits so amazingly As I noted when I read Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, he also is a master of stage direction When reading this play, it s possible to see the surroundings, hear the music and voices on the street.Stanley, Stella and Blanche come alive on the pages as Blanche drops in at her sister s home creating a simmering stew of growing emotion The heat of a Southern summer is reflected by all that happens in the two bedroom apartment as stories [...]

  15. I read this play as part of Dead Writers Society Literary Birthday Challenge for March I am so happy that I selected Williams as one of the authors I wanted to read this month.I think in school I may have possibly read one of the first scenes from this play and that was it Reading the entire play in one sitting was fantastic Tennessee Williams doesn t just focus on the characters, he focuses on the music being played in the scenes, how the music changes based on what characters are saying, how t [...]

  16. Maybe I ll change my rating after we study it in class but right now it is a dwindling 2 stars Update Yep, this definitely got better after studying it properly.

  17. I was even impressed with A Streetcar Named Desire when I revisited it recently after first reading it about ten years ago It has a wonderful combination of lyrical language and interesting characters.Blanche DuBois comes to stay at the home of her sister Stella, and her husband Stanley Kowalski in a poor area of New Orleans Blanche has lost both her job and the family home of Belle Reve There is a family curse where our improvident grandfathers and father and uncles and brothers exchanged the [...]

  18. To write or not to write that s the question So basically you read the play and your head is swarmed with so many things to say, to write but you don t know if you should or you could.There was a self interview with Tennessee Williams at the end of the book and he was talking about what he wanted to say in this book so now I m confused because at the same time I as a woman and as a feminist find the women in this book a little, than a little a lot misrepresented, they are weak, they can t defen [...]

  19. Don t be fooled by the beginning This book is about Blanche, pure and simple.We have Stella, who ought to know better and does know better, but doesn t act on that knowledge Not for herself she refuses to accept her husband is a violent, worthless cad and not for her sister Blanche, who she seems to love above all else Who would rather lock up her sister than believe what her sister said that Stella s husband raped her Oh, she knows perfectly well that s clear enough But it s just easier to thro [...]

  20. I had some idea, from the hokey friendliness of the name Tennessee Williams, and the cute titles of his plays Streetcar Named Desire Cat on a Hot Tin Roof they sound like musicals I had an idea that these would be friendly Pop culture In the great telephone game of pop culture, what I ended up hearing was Marlon Brando yelling STELLA , which sounded pretty goofy to me.That was the wrong impression This play is dark I love the mix of realism and poetry here Stanley is almost always realistic in t [...]

  21. 3.5 stars.In my head this played like a soap opera so that was interesting.But what themes there were that I could see for some parts like purity, relationships, and the possibility that everyone is awful in some ways didn t really work for me.In my own opinion, yes, we are all awful in that we are not pure, but that doesn t make us automatically cheaters, alcoholics, or suicide helpers We have some flaws, but most don t make us evil.Many of us are not like Blanche, a tragedy waiting to happen.E [...]

  22. Maybe we are a long way from being made in God s image.but Stella my sister there has been some progress since then Such things as art as poetry and music such kinds of new light have come in to the world since then In some kinds of people some tenderer feelings have had some little beginning that we have got to make grow And cling to, and hold as our flag In this dark march toward whatever it is we re approaching.Don tn t hang back with the brutesBlanche Dubois is a woman in her late youth, cau [...]

  23. I personally went into this book with an actors view, as opposed to a purely literary one This isn t a novel The words on the page can be the best thing you ve ever read, but you always have to keep in mind the million ways the actor and director can interpret and display the words There s a great saying we in the theatre community use Show, not tell The majority of the negative reviews I am seeing are people stating that Blanche s subsequent spiral came out of absolutely nowhere However, for pl [...]

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