Tennessee Williams


Born
in Columbus, Mississippi, The United States
March 26, 1911

Died
February 25, 1983

Genre

Influences


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 M
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Average rating: 3.92 · 432,386 ratings · 8,462 reviews · 277 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Streetcar Named Desire

3.98 avg rating — 243,556 ratings — published 1947 — 123 editions
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The Glass Menagerie

3.69 avg rating — 100,329 ratings — published 1945 — 81 editions
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4.08 avg rating — 49,200 ratings — published 1955 — 76 editions
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Suddenly Last Summer

3.97 avg rating — 5,962 ratings — published 1958 — 17 editions
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The Night of the Iguana

3.86 avg rating — 4,431 ratings — published 1961 — 29 editions
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Summer and Smoke

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2,341 ratings — published 1948 — 20 editions
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A Streetcar Named Desire an...

4.12 avg rating — 2,385 ratings — published 1965 — 8 editions
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Sweet Bird of Youth

3.73 avg rating — 2,162 ratings — published 1959 — 17 editions
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The Rose Tattoo

3.68 avg rating — 1,614 ratings — published 1951 — 17 editions
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Orpheus Descending

3.86 avg rating — 1,270 ratings — published 1957 — 6 editions
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More books by Tennessee Williams…
“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.”
Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

“I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”
Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Polls

January 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  17 votes, 29.3%

 
  7 votes, 12.1%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  7 votes, 12.1%

1958, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 209 pages
 
  6 votes, 10.3%

1951, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, 160 pages
 
  5 votes, 8.6%

 
  4 votes, 6.9%

 
  3 votes, 5.2%

 
  3 votes, 5.2%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.4%

 
  2 votes, 3.4%

 
  1 vote, 1.7%

 
  1 vote, 1.7%

1928, Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh, 300 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1958, The Bell by Iris Murdoch, 320 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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