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|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
|Editor||: Penguin Classics|
Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.
|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
"The Glass Menagerie" is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams. It is accounted by many to be an autobiographical play about Williams's life, the characters and story mimicking his own more closely than any of his other works. "The Glass Menagerie" was Williams' first successful play; he went on to become one of America's most highly regarded playwrights.Einstein Books' edition of "The Glass Menagerie" contains supplementary texts:• "I Rise In Flame, Cried The Phoenix", a one-act play presenting a fictionalized version of the death of English writer D. H. Lawrence on the French Riveria; Lawrence was one of Williams' chief literary influences.• An excerpt from "Spring Storm, Williams' first play. Williams wrote "Spring Storm" when he was twenty-six years old, in 1937, while studying as an apprentice.• A few selected quotes of Tennessee Williams.
|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
|Editor||: Signet Book|
No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.
|Author||: Rebecca Warren|
|Editor||: York Notes Advanced|
York Notes Advanced aim to help make the study of literature more fulfilling and lead to exam success. They should also be of interest to the general reader, as they cover the widest range of popular literature titles. This title covers The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.
|Author||: Gale, Cengage Learning|
|Editor||: Gale, Cengage Learning|
|Author||: Delma Eugene Presley|
|Editor||: Twayne Pub|
Delma E. Presley's 'The Glass Menagerie: An American Memory' offers a cogent and thorough analysis of Tennessee William's masterpiece. The study addresses such issues as characterization, structure, and the visual and dramatic devices used to create this compelling 'memory play.'
|Author||: Dedria Bryfonski|
|Editor||: Greenhaven Publishing LLC|
Tennessee Williams' 1944 play The Glass Menagerie centers around a family of three, Tom, Laura, and Amanda Wingfield, exploring what it means to share a household with people whose individual psychological eccentricities threaten to overwhelm the whole. Told retroactively in the format of a memory play, the protagonist, Tom, an aspiring poet by night and warehouse worker by night, introduces the audience to the conditions which led him to abandon his family in pursuit of his independence. This informative edition explores the themes of family dysfunction in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, providing readers with a critical look at the intersection of literature and sociology. The book includes an examination of Williams' life and influences and takes a hard look at key ideas related to the play, such as the role of guilt in family relationships and the breakdown of the American dream. Readers are also offered contemporary perspectives on family dysfunction through the discussion of toxic or overbearing parents and the effects of alcoholism on families.
|Author||: Felicia Wulz|
|Editor||: GRIN Verlag|
Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, University of Tubingen, course: Introduction to literary studies (American literature), language: English, abstract: The subject of this work is the character of Jim O’Connor in Tennessee Williams’ play The Glass Menagerie . The text discusses the question to what extent he is a symbol of hope for all members of the Wingfield family and of whether he is a representative of the American ideology of optimism and progressivism.
|Author||: R. B. Parker,Professor of English Trinity College R B Parker|
|Editor||: Prentice Hall|
Essays discuss different productions of the play, identify literary influences, examine the characters, and analyzes Williams' dramatic technique.
|Author||: Harold Bloom|
|Editor||: Chelsea House Pub|
An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.
|Author||: Matthew C. Roudané|
|Editor||: Cambridge University Press|
This is a collection of thirteen original essays from a team of leading scholars in the field. In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors cover a healthy sampling of Williams's works, from the early apprenticeship years in the 1930s through to his last play before his death in 1983, Something Cloudy, Something Clear. In addition to essays on such major plays as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among others, the contributors also consider selected minor plays, short stories, poems, and biographical concerns. The Companion also features a chapter on selected key productions as well as a bibliographic essay surveying the major critical statements on Williams.
|Author||: Maria Fernkorn|
|Editor||: GRIN Verlag|
Seminar paper from the year 1999 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, http: //www.uni-jena.de/, 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "At the age of fourteen, I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. It immediatly became my place of retreat, my cave, my refuge."1 This quotation by Tennessee Williams mirrors his inability to cope with the challenges and strokes of fate of his real life. For example, he felt responsible for the lobotomie of his sister Rose although he had no knowledge about this operation. Furthermore, he could not cope with his social environment, especially with his fathers incapability to handle his introvert son. With his first success, the play "The Glass Menagerie" (1944), Williams holds up the mirror to the Broadway audience of the 1950s who is not willing to face the reality of the postwar period or to digest its experiences with the Second World War. In the same way as this generation flies from their war recollections into a problem repressing fictious world and as Williams escapes from his personal reality through writing, the figures of the drama fly from an unsatisfying life into their dreamworlds. The play deals with the Wingfield family (Amanda, Tom and Laura), who "share[s] a small apartment in a poor section of St. Louis."2 The family members have, through the visit of a gentlemen caller for Laura (Jim), the chance to realize their dreams. But "the friend Tom brings home to meet Laura [...], although he happens to be the boy she secretly admired in high school, turns out, unfortunately, to be already engaged."3 Tennessee Williamss breakthrough "The Glass Menagerie" is respected to be one of his best plays, with Broadway performances exceeded only by "A Streetcar named Desire" In this paper it is to point out the character presentation and character constellation in Tennessee Williamss "The Glass Menagerie." Firstly, I am going to
|Author||: Annett Gräfe|
|Editor||: GRIN Verlag|
Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, http: //www.uni-jena.de/ (Institut fur Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Classics of Modern American Drama, 18 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: This seminar paper deals with the Character of Amanda in the play and influences on the depiction of it., abstract: Of particular interest for this paper is the juxtaposition of conflicting traits in Amanda's character. On the one hand, she is characterized by critics as the good mother and perpetuator. On the other hand, she is the terrible, cruel mother and perpetrator. These different characteristics seem to be directly connected to Amanda's relationship to her children. For her daughter she is the good mother, trying everything to ensure her daughter's security in the future. Her son experiences his mother's treatment as suffocating and restricting for his dreams and ambitions. Yet, both of these different attitudes seem to be motivated by the same disposition in Amanda: the love and devotion of a mother for her children. Consequently, there must be other reasons that motivate Amanda's behavior. This paper is going to consider the social and economical situation in the USA at the time of the play, Amanda's glorification of her own past and the fact that the play is Tom's memory for a combination of these three points seem to be the reason why Amanda is portrait as such an ambiguous character in the drama. To begin with, the relevant social and economic circumstances in the USA during the time of the play are going to be analyzed. Amanda's glorification of her past is then discussed followed by the analysis of the influence of Tom's memory on the portrayal of Amanda in the play. Finally, the results of the analysis of the three factors are applied to the relationship of Amanda and her children."
|Author||: Tennessee Williams,George Ehrenhaft|
|Editor||: Barron's Educational Series|
A guide to reading "The Glass Menagerie" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" with a critical and appreciative mind encouraging analysis of plot, style, form, and structure. Also includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.
|Author||: Stephen Bottoms,Philip Kolin,Michael Hooper|
|Editor||: Bloomsbury Publishing|
A Student Handbook to the Plays of Tennessee Williams provides the essential guide to Williams' most studied and revived dramas. Authored by a team of leading scholars, it offers students a clear analysis and detailed commentary on four of Williams' plays: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth. A consistent framework of analysis ensures that whether readers are wanting a summary of the play, a commentary on the themes or characters, or a discussion of the work in performance, they can readily find what they need to develop their understanding and aid their appreciation of Williams' artistry. A chronology of the writer's life and work helps to situate all his works in context and the introduction reinforces this by providing a clear overview of Williams' writing, its recurrent themes and concerns and how these are intertwined with his life and times. For each play the author provides a summary of the plot, followed by commentary on: * The context * Themes * Characters * Structure and language * The play in production (both on stage and screen adaptations) Questions for study, and notes on words and phrases in the text are also supplied to aid the reader. The wealth of authoritative and clear commentary on each play, together with further questions that encourage comparison across Williams' work and related plays by other leading writers, ensures that this is the clearest and fullest guide to Williams' greatest plays.
|Author||: Bright Summaries|
Unlock the more straightforward side of The Glass Menagerie with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, one of the famed playwright’s most autobiographical works. The play is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, a young man who is trapped in his memories of his life with his mother Amanda and sister Laura – a life he has cast off and left behind him. The play follows the events that transpire when Tom invites Jim to dinner, sparking hopes that he might prove a suitable suitor for Laura, whose overpowering social anxiety has left her isolated from the world. However, things do not work out as planned, and Tom is left with nothing but his guilt over the situation. Williams’s other works include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire and Suddenly Last Summer, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. Find out everything you need to know about The Glass Menagerie in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
|Author||: John Lahr|
|Editor||: W. W. Norton & Company|
National Book Critics Circle Award Winner: Biography Category National Book Award Finalist 2015 Winner of the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award A Chicago Tribune 'Best Books of 2014' USA Today: 10 Books We Loved Reading Washington Post, 10 Best Books of 2014 The definitive biography of America's greatest playwright from the celebrated drama critic of The New Yorker. John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate. With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life—his fierce, belittling father Cornelius; his puritanical, domineering mother Edwina; his demented sister Rose, who was lobotomized at the age of thirty-three; his beloved grandfather, the Reverend Walter Dakin—Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is as much a biography of the man who created A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as it is a trenchant exploration of Williams’s plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen. The portrait of Williams himself is unforgettable: a virgin until he was twenty-six, he had serial homosexual affairs thereafter as well as long-time, bruising relationships with Pancho Gonzalez and Frank Merlo. With compassion and verve, Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life. Lahr captures not just Williams’s tempestuous public persona but also his backstage life, where his agent Audrey Wood and the director Elia Kazan play major roles, and Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, and Tallulah Bankhead have scintillating walk-on parts. This is a biography of the highest order: a book about the major American playwright of his time written by the major American drama critic of his time.