978-0-451-15170-4 / 9780451151704

The Glass Menagerie (Signet)




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About the book:

A new edition of this beloved classicwith a new Tony Kushner introductionto honor the centennial year, 2011, of America's greatest playwright.

When it opened in Chicago in 1944, The Glass Menagerie marked a turning point in American theater and in the life of its then unknown author. Tennessee Williamss elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadwayand today the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this memory play endure.

In a cramped St. Louis apartment the aging Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, long preoccupied by memories of gentlemen callers and a world that no longer exists, is energized by the dilemma of how to save what remains of her family. Her restless son Tom  factory worker, aspiring poet, and the narrator of the play  is swept up in Amandas comic and heartbreaking schemes to find Laura, his agonizingly shy and handicapped sister, a husband.

This new edition of The Glass Menagerie comes with an exciting introduction by the playwright Tony Kushner. Williamss classic essay on the effect of swift and unexpected fame, The Catastrophe of Success, his original production notes, and a new essay on the autobiographical background of the play by the distinguished Williams scholar Allean Hale are also included.

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