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Tennessee Williams

American playwright
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Net worth 2018: $18 Million
Industry: Writers
Residence: Columbus, Mississippi, United States
Country: United States
BirthDay: 26 March 1911
Sigh: Aries
Died On: February 25, 1983
Education: Soldan High School, University City High School, University of Missouri, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Iowa, Dramatic Workshop of The New School

Tennessee Williams was bornon 26 March 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, United States, American, is American playwright. Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, was the man behind unforgettable characters like Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. He gave the audience characters that they were going to remember for the rest of their life. His plays were a crystal clear vision of the life down South and the different forms and strata of the human society. He has been rightly called the Master playwright, the greatest Southern playwright in the history of American Drama. Just like his characters, he too was troubled and self-destructive. He was addicted to drugs and was a hardcore alcoholic. His plays are autobiographical in nature and we can see glimpses of his own life in his plays. He was a fan of the concept called ‘poetic realism’—when one watches the same thing over and over again, the act seems to take on a symbolic meaning after some time. His plays were filled with extremities which were justified because he believed they were a part of the human condition. What Williams wrote was very honest and came from a heart that had endured everything that he wrote about. His vulnerability was what that made his work so much more important. His genius lay in his heartfelt struggle to tell the world his innermost stories.


The 100th anniversary of his birth was celebrated from February 1 to July 21, 2011 by the Harry Ransom Center which exhibited 250 of his personal items


S Postal Service by issuing a stamp in his honour in 1994 as part of their literary arts series


He was found dead in his suite at the Elysee Hotel in New York at the age of 71 in February 1983


His last play “A House Not Meant to Stand’ (1982) was a huge hit and received very good reviews; however it could run for only 40 performances


After their breakup, Merlo was diagnosed with lung cancer and he died on 21 September 1963


Seven of his plays were performed in Broadway including ‘Summer and Smoke’ (1948), ‘The Rose Tattoo’ (1951), and ‘Orpheus Descending’ (1957)


The 1947 play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ was a reminder of the time when he was taken out of school and forced by his father to slog at the shoe company


His first critical and commercial success was ‘The Glass Menagerie’ in 1944


He enjoyed a lot of success from the 1940’s up to the 1960’s, but the 1970’s was a difficult time for Williams


By the age of 24, he had suffered enough and in 1936 he enrolled at the Washington University


His first submitted play was ‘Beauty Is the Word’ (1930) followed by ‘Hot Milk at Three in the Morning’ (1932)


He attended the University of Missouri from 1929 to 1931 to study Journalism

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