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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie $24.99

Tennessee Williams

Published by New Directions

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

The Glass Menagerie marked a crucial turning point in American theater, and forever changed the life of its then unknown author

Williams' elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway - the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this “memory play” have made it one of America’s most powerful, timeless and compelling plays

The introduction by Tony Kushner sparkles with the kind of rich, unique insight that only a fellow playwright could convey

The Deluxe Centennial Edition includes -

Tony Kushner’s astonishing introduction

The pioneering essay, 'The Homosexual in Society,' by Tennessee’s friend Robert Duncan, and poems by Hart Crane, E E Cummings, Walt Whitman, and Tennessee Williams which Kushner discusses as sources of inspiration

The Pretty Trap a cheerful one-act run-up to The Glass Menagerie

'The Portrait of a Girl in Glass' - Tennessee’s short-story variation of the play

Photographs of great actresses who have played Amanda, and stills from various stage and film incarnations of The Glass Menagerie

Williams’s classic essay about fame, 'The Catastrophe of Success'

The playwright’s original 'Production Notes'

The 1944 opening-night rave reviews from The Chicago Herald American and the Chicago Tribune

An essay by the distinguished Williams scholar Allean Hale - 'Inside The Menagerie' - which provides autobiographical particulars about Williams’ family life in St Louis

A gorgeous new jacket design by Rodrigo Corral.

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