By Lyle Leverich
“An intimate portrait of an excellent and beleaguered artist. the main certain, thorough and compassionate account but of the playwright’s formative years.” ―San Francisco Chronicle “A extraordinary account of a tender man’s attention-grabbing trip to greatness. A grand imaginative and prescient of a posh creature. An engrossing and compulsive learn. destiny paintings needs to be measured opposed to Leverich for many years to come.” ―Theater Week
The riveting, revelatory, and sole licensed account of the serious first many years of Tennessee Williams's lifestyles. Tennessee Williams, writer of such indelible masterpieces because the Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named hope, is taken into account by means of many to be the best literary artist of the yankee theater. Tom is Lyle Leverich's definitive account in response to his specific entry to letters, diaries, unpublished manuscripts, and kinfolk files of Williams's formative years and of the occasions that formed this such a lot autobiographical of dramatists. It tells the tale of the marital traumas of his bullying father and overly protecting mom, the psychological problems that institutionalized his cherished sister Rose, his stalled educational occupation, and his careworn sexuality and early successes as a author; and it leaves Thomas Lanier Williams near to reputation with The Glass Menagerie and his transformation into the prestigious personality of "Tennessee."
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