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By Stephen Bottoms, Philip Kolin, Michael Hooper, Katherine Weiss

ISBN-10: 1472521862

ISBN-13: 9781472521866

A pupil guide to the performs of Tennessee Williams offers the basic consultant to Williams' so much studied and revived dramas. Authored via a group of major students, it deals scholars a transparent research and distinctive statement on 4 of Williams' plays: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a sizzling Tin Roof and Sweet fowl of Youth. A constant framework of study guarantees that even if readers are in need of a precis of the play, a observation at the topics or characters, or a dialogue of the paintings in functionality, they could effectively locate what they should enhance their figuring out and reduction their appreciation of Williams' artistry.

A chronology of the writer's existence and paintings is helping to situate all his works in context and the creation reinforces this by means of supplying a transparent review of Williams' writing, its recurrent topics and issues and the way those are intertwined together with his lifestyles and instances. for every play the writer offers a precis of the plot, by means of remark on:
* The context
* Themes
* Characters
* constitution and language
* The play in construction (both on degree and display adaptations)
Questions for learn, and notes on phrases and words within the textual content also are provided to assist the reader.

The wealth of authoritative and transparent remark on every one play, including extra questions that motivate comparability throughout Williams' paintings and comparable performs via different major writers, guarantees that this is often the clearest and fullest consultant to Williams' maximum performs.

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