Mr. Williams also wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, but hisbrilliance was primarily his plays. Tennessee Williams work spanned over 60 years during this time; he did most of his writings between 1945 and 1961 in which he created his most powerful plays all of which were seething with sexuality. Mr. Williams Tennessee What made him a household name were his earliest plays like "Glass Menagerie" and "A street car named desire". Tennessee Williams received aPulitzer Prize for his story "A Streetcar Named Desire which combined sensuality, melodrama and symbolisms" In 1944. Within his Character like Blanche and Stanley in "A Street Car Named desire", and Amanda Wingfield and her daughter Laura in "Glass Menagerie" their running themes like sex, abandonment, secrets and Obligations This play displayed many of the themes that Tennessee dealt with in lifelike his sexuality, in which Blanche was the center. This character was tortured with the knowledge of having sexual relations with a teenager. Tennessee Williams was a tortured soul; with all that plagued him valor, endurance and madness were the themes in his life, but the thing most troubling was his homosexuality.
Tennessee Williams born Thomas Lanier Williams was born in March 26, 1911in Mississippi Middle child of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams. Tennessee’s family life was not very exciting he was laid up with a disease that crippled him for two years. Seeing his suffering Tennessee’s mother gave him a typewriter Tennessee discover his talent for writing. His father made fun of him and called him Nancy, because of his famine ways. Tennessee Williams mother was tointo her world to notice her children. Other than the love from his sister he was lonely. Moving to St. Louis, Missouri when he was eight years old by the time he became Sixteen Tennessee won third place and five dollars in an essay contest, “Can a Good Wife Be a Good Sport?” A year later, he published “The Vengeance of Nitocris”
Williams’ early adult years were spent with attending college atthree different Universities, University of Missouri, University of Washington and finally University of Iowa where he received his new name Tennessee, and his Bachelors Degree in art. Tennessee’s closest companion was his sister rose he was very protective of her so when at the age of 27 she was diagnosed with schizophrenia under went a failed lobotomy and spent the remainder of her lifeinstitutionalized. This sent Tennessee Williams into depression which affected him to start him on the road to drugs and alcohol, but through this tragedy he discover his writing and his first successful play was the “Glass Menagerie” In his Production notes Tennessee said “when a play employs unconventional technique, it is not, or certainly shouldn’t be, trying to escape it’s responsibility of dealingwith reality, or interpreting experience, but is actually or should be attempting to find a closer approach, a more penetration and vivid expression of things as they are” (goodreads)This is a very autobiographical play stemming from his own encounters in his family.
After College Tennessee moved from Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans, California, and finally to Mexico. While he struggled with hisSexuality throughout his youth, he finally gave into that passion confronting a new life as a homosexual, with a new name, a new home and a promising new career. Tennessee met the love of life Frank Merlo who seemed to keep Tennessee very happy, and through that happiness Tennessee flourished with his writing. Mr. Merlo died in 1961 from lung cancer which brought Tennessee Williams to his knees...