A Streetcar Named Desire. by Harold Bloom

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Published in 1947, ""A Streetcar Named Desire"" garnered Tennessee Williams the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Considered a lyrical masterpiece, the drama reveals the destructive impact that ensues when romantic impulse encounters animal vitalism. This new volume in the acclaimed ""Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations"" series offers fresh insight into one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century. Master scholar Harold Bloom introduces the novel in this study guide, which also features a chronology, a bibliography, an index, and notes on the contributors.
 

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Harold Bloom, July 11, 1930 - Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The King James Bible: A Literary Appreciation.
 
Published March 1, 2009 by Chelsea House Publications. 180 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play A Streetcar Named Desire tells the tragic tale of Blanche DuBois, a woman so overwhelmed by her life that she desperately grabs for any moment of refuge without considering the consequences.

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Examiner

Synopsis ~ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: THE ORIGINAL RESTORED VERSION is the film moviegoers would have seen in 1951 had not Legion of Decency censorship occurred at the last minute.

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AV Club

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plus Brando’s stunning Warners screen test (using a scene from the then-unproduced Rebel Without A Cause), roughly 15 minutes of outtakes (showing Brando trying out different inflections and slouches), and a factoid-filled commentary track by Bouzereau, Rudy Behlmer, Jeff Young, and Karl Malden.

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The Telegraph

Entirely different encounters – Blanche and her lovers, Stanley and Stella, Blanche and Mitch – display surprisingly little variety of mood or tempo and the drama never gets the chance to take flight.

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The Telegraph

That’s not to say it doesn’t exert a growing power – the writing is just too good, the directing too attentive – but our sympathies don’t oscillate as wildly as they should.

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The Telegraph

Tennessee Williams’s great play A Streetcar Named Desire is, like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, beautifully suited to the requirements of ballet (indeed, there have been at least two dance versions of Streetcar prior to this new production by Scottish Ballet).

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NY Daily News

Emily Mann’s direction dredges up humor that often remains dormant, and Eugene Lee’s realistically shabby set and Terence Blanchard’s jazzy music evoke the grit and groove of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

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LA Times

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No surprise that when Cate Blanchett graces the stage in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” under the direction of Liv Ullmann (yes, Ingmar Bergman’s acting muse) that the interest is almost exclusively in the interpretation of Blanche DuBois.

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The Hollywood Reporter

The poster proclaims: “The American classic never looked this good.” That seems to imply a more picturesque view of the seedy midcentury setting in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and hotter versions of Blanche and Stanley, the adversaries on either side of Tennessee Williams’ bruising clash b...

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Project MUSE

While every chapter is filled with interesting information and illuminating analysis, the chapter entitled "Recasting the Players: Expanding and Radicalizing the Streetcar Script" is naturally the most intellectually expansive, allowing Kolin's expertise (not only as a leading authority on this p...

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Project MUSE

In his discussion of the 1951 film of Streetcar, Kolin usefully reminds readers that Williams upended the traditional female position by making "the male anatomy the object of desire"--a point that somehow seemed to elude Susan Bordo recently in The Male Body where she neglects to discuss the hom...

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Star Pulse

Summary:In the classic play by Tennessee Williams, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan, faded Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) comes to visit her pregnant sister, Stella (Kim Hunter), in a seedy section of New Orleans.

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TheaterMania

He has great chemistry with Rubin-Vega's Stella and the antagonistic relationship between Stanley and Blanche is believable, even if the staging of their fateful confrontation towards the end of the second act (fight choreography is by Rick Sordelet) is not as tension-filled as it should be.

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