The Glass Menagerie
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|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
|Editor||: Penguin Classics|
Abandoned by her husband, Amanda Wingfield comforts herself with recollections of her earlier, life in Blue Mountain when she was pursued by 'gentleman callers'. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure and escape from his mother's suffocating embrace, while Laura, her daughter, has her glass menagerie and her memories.
|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
"The Glass Menagerie" is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams. It is accounted by many to be an autobiographical play about Williams's life, the characters and story mimicking his own more closely than any of his other works. "The Glass Menagerie" was Williams' first successful play; he went on to become one of America's most highly regarded playwrights.Einstein Books' edition of "The Glass Menagerie" contains supplementary texts:• "I Rise In Flame, Cried The Phoenix", a one-act play presenting a fictionalized version of the death of English writer D. H. Lawrence on the French Riveria; Lawrence was one of Williams' chief literary influences.• An excerpt from "Spring Storm, Williams' first play. Williams wrote "Spring Storm" when he was twenty-six years old, in 1937, while studying as an apprentice.• A few selected quotes of Tennessee Williams.
|Author||: Delma Eugene Presley|
|Editor||: Twayne Pub|
Delma E. Presley's 'The Glass Menagerie: An American Memory' offers a cogent and thorough analysis of Tennessee William's masterpiece. The study addresses such issues as characterization, structure, and the visual and dramatic devices used to create this compelling 'memory play.'
|Author||: Harold Bloom|
|Editor||: Infobase Publishing|
Presents a collection of critical essays on the play that analyze its structure, characters, and themes.
|Author||: Gale, Cengage Learning|
|Editor||: Gale, Cengage Learning|
|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
|Editor||: New Directions Publishing Corporation|
No play in the modern theater has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams'sThe Glass Menagerie. Since its premier in Chicago in 1944,Menagerie has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Laurette Taylor to Jessica Tandy and Joanne Woodward, and it is studied and performed in classrooms and theaters around the world.The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available with an introduction by Robert Bray, which reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This edition also includes Williams's essay "The Catastrophe of Success," on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, as well as short section of Williams's own production notes and a special guide to the play for students, prepared by Kate Walker.
|Author||: Dedria Bryfonski|
|Editor||: Greenhaven Publishing LLC|
Tennessee Williams' 1944 play The Glass Menagerie centers around a family of three, Tom, Laura, and Amanda Wingfield, exploring what it means to share a household with people whose individual psychological eccentricities threaten to overwhelm the whole. Told retroactively in the format of a memory play, the protagonist, Tom, an aspiring poet by night and warehouse worker by night, introduces the audience to the conditions which led him to abandon his family in pursuit of his independence. This informative edition explores the themes of family dysfunction in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, providing readers with a critical look at the intersection of literature and sociology. The book includes an examination of Williams' life and influences and takes a hard look at key ideas related to the play, such as the role of guilt in family relationships and the breakdown of the American dream. Readers are also offered contemporary perspectives on family dysfunction through the discussion of toxic or overbearing parents and the effects of alcoholism on families.
|Author||: R. B. Parker,Professor of English Trinity College R B Parker|
|Editor||: Prentice Hall|
Essays discuss different productions of the play, identify literary influences, examine the characters, and analyzes Williams' dramatic technique.
|Author||: Tennessee Williams|
|Editor||: New Directions Publishing|
A beautiful clothbound edition of a beloved classic to celebrate the 100th birthday of America's greatest playwright, with a sweeping new introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winner Tony Kushner.
|Author||: Maria Fernkorn|
|Editor||: GRIN Verlag|
Seminar paper from the year 1999 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, http: //www.uni-jena.de/, 11 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "At the age of fourteen, I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. It immediatly became my place of retreat, my cave, my refuge."1 This quotation by Tennessee Williams mirrors his inability to cope with the challenges and strokes of fate of his real life. For example, he felt responsible for the lobotomie of his sister Rose although he had no knowledge about this operation. Furthermore, he could not cope with his social environment, especially with his fathers incapability to handle his introvert son. With his first success, the play "The Glass Menagerie" (1944), Williams holds up the mirror to the Broadway audience of the 1950s who is not willing to face the reality of the postwar period or to digest its experiences with the Second World War. In the same way as this generation flies from their war recollections into a problem repressing fictious world and as Williams escapes from his personal reality through writing, the figures of the drama fly from an unsatisfying life into their dreamworlds. The play deals with the Wingfield family (Amanda, Tom and Laura), who "share[s] a small apartment in a poor section of St. Louis."2 The family members have, through the visit of a gentlemen caller for Laura (Jim), the chance to realize their dreams. But "the friend Tom brings home to meet Laura [...], although he happens to be the boy she secretly admired in high school, turns out, unfortunately, to be already engaged."3 Tennessee Williamss breakthrough "The Glass Menagerie" is respected to be one of his best plays, with Broadway performances exceeded only by "A Streetcar named Desire" In this paper it is to point out the character presentation and character constellation in Tennessee Williamss "The Glass Menagerie." Firstly, I am going to
|Author||: Rebecca Warren|
|Editor||: York Notes Advanced|
York Notes Advanced aim to help make the study of literature more fulfilling and lead to exam success. They should also be of interest to the general reader, as they cover the widest range of popular literature titles. This title covers The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.
|Author||: Bright Summaries|
Unlock the more straightforward side of The Glass Menagerie with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, one of the famed playwright’s most autobiographical works. The play is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield, a young man who is trapped in his memories of his life with his mother Amanda and sister Laura – a life he has cast off and left behind him. The play follows the events that transpire when Tom invites Jim to dinner, sparking hopes that he might prove a suitable suitor for Laura, whose overpowering social anxiety has left her isolated from the world. However, things do not work out as planned, and Tom is left with nothing but his guilt over the situation. Williams’s other works include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire and Suddenly Last Summer, and he is widely considered to be one of the greatest American playwrights of all time. Find out everything you need to know about The Glass Menagerie in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
|Author||: Matthew C. Roudané|
|Editor||: Cambridge University Press|
This is a collection of thirteen original essays from a team of leading scholars in the field. In this wide-ranging volume, the contributors cover a healthy sampling of Williams's works, from the early apprenticeship years in the 1930s through to his last play before his death in 1983, Something Cloudy, Something Clear. In addition to essays on such major plays as The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, among others, the contributors also consider selected minor plays, short stories, poems, and biographical concerns. The Companion also features a chapter on selected key productions as well as a bibliographic essay surveying the major critical statements on Williams.
|Author||: Intelligent Education|
|Editor||: Influence Publishers|
A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Tennessee Williams, whose creative endeavors earned him two Pulitzer Prizes. Titles in this study guide include The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. As an author of southern gothic and memory literature, Williams had a significant impact on theater and has been established as one of America’s most successful playwrights. Moreover, he brought symbolism and poetic language to the stage as his writing evolved. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Williams’ classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.
|Author||: Annett Gräfe|
|Editor||: GRIN Verlag|
Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, http: //www.uni-jena.de/ (Institut fur Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Classics of Modern American Drama, 18 entries in the bibliography, language: English, comment: This seminar paper deals with the Character of Amanda in the play and influences on the depiction of it., abstract: Of particular interest for this paper is the juxtaposition of conflicting traits in Amanda's character. On the one hand, she is characterized by critics as the good mother and perpetuator. On the other hand, she is the terrible, cruel mother and perpetrator. These different characteristics seem to be directly connected to Amanda's relationship to her children. For her daughter she is the good mother, trying everything to ensure her daughter's security in the future. Her son experiences his mother's treatment as suffocating and restricting for his dreams and ambitions. Yet, both of these different attitudes seem to be motivated by the same disposition in Amanda: the love and devotion of a mother for her children. Consequently, there must be other reasons that motivate Amanda's behavior. This paper is going to consider the social and economical situation in the USA at the time of the play, Amanda's glorification of her own past and the fact that the play is Tom's memory for a combination of these three points seem to be the reason why Amanda is portrait as such an ambiguous character in the drama. To begin with, the relevant social and economic circumstances in the USA during the time of the play are going to be analyzed. Amanda's glorification of her past is then discussed followed by the analysis of the influence of Tom's memory on the portrayal of Amanda in the play. Finally, the results of the analysis of the three factors are applied to the relationship of Amanda and her children."
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