Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Drama
Gentlemen Callers provides a fascinating look at America's greatest twentieth-century playwright and perhaps the most-performed, even today. Michael Paller looks at Tennessee Williams's plays from the 1940s through the 1960s against the backdrop of the playwright's life story, providing fresh details. Through this lens Paller examines the evolution of mid-twentieth-century America's acknowledgment and acceptance of homosexuality. From the early one-act Auto-da-Fé and The Glass Menagerie through Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Garden District and the late Something Cloudy, Something Clear, Paller's book investigates how Williams's earliest critics marginalized or ignored his gay characters and why, beginning in the 1970s, many gay liberationists reviled them. Lively, blunt, and provocative, this book will appeal to anyone who loves Williams, Broadway, and the theater.
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Review: Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century DramaUser Review - Jason Mock - Goodreads
A fascinating account of some of Williams' most famous and not-so famous plays in social context. Recommended! Read full review
Review: Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century DramaUser Review - Joe Hartman - Goodreads
"Gentlemen Callers" looks at Tennessee William's feelings and attitudes towards homosexuality as expressed in his plays, but unlike most of today's critics he places these thoughts and attitudes in ... Read full review