Tennessee Williams, Updated Edition

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Harold Bloom
Infobase Publishing, 2009 - American literature
Tennessee Williams is recognized as one of America's greatest dramatists, and as an innovator of post-World War II theater. He looked for a mechanism for portraying the truth in theater at a time when traditional approaches no longer worked. Bold with for
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Language and Madness
11
The Sacrificial Stud and the Fugitive Female in Suddenly Last Summer Orpheus Descending and Sweet Bird of Youth
27
Romantic Textures in Tennessee Williamss Plays and Short Stories
45
The Blue Rose of St Louis
65
I prefer the mad ones
77
The Transmutation of Experience
95
Desire Death and Laughter
111
The Family of Mitch
157
Fifty Percent Illusion
171
Afterthought
187
Chronology
189
Contributors
193
Bibliography
197
Acknowledgments
201
Index
203

Critical Expectations and Assumptions
123
Two Transient Plays
143

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About the author (2009)

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. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. 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 Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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