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Williams, Tennessee
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(actually Thomas Lanier; Mar 26, 1911, Columbus, MS – Feb 24, 1983, New York), a pioneer of realistic tragic drama in the United States. Williams, the son of a travelling salesman, studied in Missouri, Iowa, and at Columbia University. He was working for a film studio in Hollywood when his family tragedy The Glass Menagerie (1945), a psychoanalytic study of the neurotically frustrated Laura Wingfield, became his first theatrical success. In A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the fantasy world of a conservative Southern way of life collides with the anima…

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Meller, Horst, “Williams, Tennessee”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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