A Streetcar Named Desire

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The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play—reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams' essay "The World I Live In."
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.



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A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams Reviews

  • Obsessed.

    By Ava Cavelle
    5
    My favorite play of all time. For anyone that hasn't already, you should watch Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in the Young Vic production of this play. (Absolutely amazing, and is probably available online somewhere.)
  • Classic

    By efg000
    4
    One of my favorites, Tennessee Williams = brilliant. Blanche’s character contains a multitude of our wants and defects. I can hear, watch, read this story over and over again without tiring of it.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    By Buff'70
    5
    Every young person should read this work, with it's classic depiction of a Borderline Personality Disorder, as brilliantly portrayed in the extreme by the character of Blanch du Bois. Such women have been the subject of endless novels, plays, poetry, and heartbreak, through the centuries.
  • So amazing.

    By Not amused....
    5
    Tennessee Williams was a genius. He wrote so autobiographically and genuinely, revealing truths about society without appearing to be "preachy." Streetcar is a fantastic drama, and I would recommend it to anyone, but just make sure that you are psychologically prepared for some intense scenes. A masterpiece!!
  • A streetcar named desire

    By jazz-head
    5
    A wonderful classic!

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