The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

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It’s been a long time since I first read this play. It was just around 1959 in a literature class when I was in college. I was moved by it then and I was moved by it again this second read...On the other hand, I praise Williams for leaving the future in the dark to us.
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No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie.


Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally." This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams's essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success," as well as a short section of Williams's own "Production Notes." The cover features the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.
 

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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 June 17, 1999 by New Directions. 132 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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on Dec 02 2011

Arthur Miller said the play “in one stroke lifted lyricism to its highest level in our theater’s history.” The promise of “Menagerie” for Williams’ own career did not disappoint. He went on to write many other plays...

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Reviewed by Corbett on Sep 29 2014

It’s been a long time since I first read this play. It was just around 1959 in a literature class when I was in college. I was moved by it then and I was moved by it again this second read...On the other hand, I praise Williams for leaving the future in the dark to us.

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