A Streetcar Named Desire (Revised)
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It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared--57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the '40s and '50s.
Who better than America's elder statesman of the theater, Williams' contemporary Arthur Miller, to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poetic dialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "The World I Live In," and a brief chronology of the author's life.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
September 17, 2004
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was America's most influential playwright. Readers have devoured his poetry, essays, short stories, and letters, as well as his fantastic late plays, his remarkable corpus of one-acts, and his greatest plays--The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Night of the Iguana, The Rose Tattoo, Suddenly Last Summer, and Camino Real. Williams is a cornerstone of New Directions--we publish everything he wrote. He is also our single bestselling author.
Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright, essayist and screenwriter in the 20th-century American theater. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), and A View from the Bridge (1955). He wrote several screenplays and was most noted for his work on The Misfits (1961). The drama Death of a Salesman has been numbered on the short list of finest American plays in the 20th century.He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1993 and in 1998, he won the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award for a Master American Dramatist. Miller went on to win various other prestigious awards and prizes, including Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2001.
Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny.--Francis Ford Coppola
The introductions, by playwrights as illustrious as Williams himself, are the gem of these new editions.--Ken Furtado
Blanche is the Everest of modern American drama, a peak of psychological complexity and emotional range.--John Lahr