The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams
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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is vintage Tennessee Williams.

Published in 1950, his first novel was acclaimed by Gore Vidal as "Splendidly written, precise, short, complete and fine."

It is the story of a wealthy, fiftyish American widow, recently a famous stage beauty, but now "drifting." The novel opens soon after her husband's death and her retirement from the theatre, as Mrs. Stone tries to adjust to her aimless new life in Rome. She is adjusting, too, to aging ("The knowledge that her beauty was lost had come upon her recently and it was still occasionally forgotten.") With poignant wit and his own particular brand of relish, Williams charts her drift into an affair with a cruel young gigolo: "As compelling, as fascinating, and as technically skilled as his plays." (Publishers Weekly)

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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 September 17, 1993 by New Directions. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Monsters and Critics

Adapted by Gavin Lambert (Bitter Victory and 1989’s television version of Sweet Bird of Youth) and the directorial debut of stage veteran Jose Quintero (who would never direct another feature film but would go on to win a tony for TV’s A Moon for the Misbegotten in 1975), the film seems to be a f...

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Time Out New York

Typical Tennessee Williams seediness (it's an adaptation of his first novel), with Vivien Leigh doing her faded beauty bit as a widowed actress lolling around in Rome and trying to find final romance with gigolo Beatty.

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Full Summary >> Cast: Vivien Leigh - (Karen Stone) Warren Beatty - (Paolo di Leo) Jill St. John - (Barbara Bingham) The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is a hauntingly beautiful, if somewhat predictable, adaptation of the Tennessee Williams novel of the same name.

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