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A Streetcar Named Desire [Paperback]

By Tennessee Williams (Author)
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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.7" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.5"
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 1986
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
ISBN  0451167783  
EAN  9780451167781  

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A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most remarkable plays of our time. It created an immortal woman in the character of Blanche DuBois, the haggard and fragile southern beauty whose pathetic last grasp at happiness is cruelly destroyed. It shot Marlon Brando to fame in the role of Stanley Kowalski, a sweat-shirted barbarian, the crudely sensual brother-in-law who precipitated Blanche's tragedy. Produced across the world, translated into many languages, and recreated as a prize-winning film, A Streetcar Named Desire has attracted one of the widest audiences in contemporary literature.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi won Pulitzer Prizes for his dramas, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Other plays include The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real, Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth and Night of the Iguana. He also wrote a number of one-act plays, short stories, poems and two novels, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone and Moishe and the Age of Reason. He died in 1983 at the age of 72.

Tennessee Williams lived in Columbus, in the state of Mississippi. Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 and died in 1983.

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Book Review: A Streetcar Named Desire  Apr 10, 2010
"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams is one of the most poignant and psychologically warped plays in creation, tackling harsh realities of life we like to tuck into the back of our minds and neglect--these kinds of themes include delusion, shattered dreams, aging and the seemingly impossible search for both love and self-acceptance in a world built upon brute facts.

Set in 1947, the play commences just as Blanche DuBois, an English high school teacher from Mississippi, arrives at her sister Stella's apartment in New Orleans. Blanche confesses that she lost their ancestral home Belle Reve and must live with Stella for quite some time. This single act launches several plots instantaneously. We learn about the major characters throughout the play simply by how they react to the mental deterioration of Blanche and her struggle to find happiness. Her endeavor is ultimately destroyed by Stella's brutish and shrewd husband Stanley, whose already exasperated disposition is worsened as he lives with Blanche.

Even though the intensity, action and violent scenes render this play so popular,
"A Streetcar Named Desire" ought to be read--and reread for that matter--so that people become aware of metaphors and themes they don't register while watching the play. This isn't to be done solely for learning's sake, though; these components solidify the play and leave readers with a greater appreciation for Williams's masterpiece.

Whether you enjoy riveting plot or walking away from a book or play with a fresh, new perception of life or with a wisp of knowledge, you're bound to love "A Streetcar Named Desire."
odered the book  Mar 15, 2010
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Scott Barnett  Dec 17, 2009
In the nihilistic social commentary entitled A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, the author constructs a tale of old and new south, wealthy and impoverished peoples, and brutality and gentility. Williams conveys Stella Dubois as a model of southern elegance. She graces everyone she meets and brings a sense of nostalgic southern values to her Louisiana friends and acquaintances. Blanche, a fallen southern bell, as well as Stella's wealthy sister, comes to live with Stella and her husband. She isn't accustomed to the blue collar life that Stella's husband, Stanley Kowalski is providing. She points out many `flaws" in their economic situation which displays the socioeconomic differences in our society. Williams brilliantly crafted Stanley Kowalski as the blue collared, coarse, and barbaric "man's man" He displays no remorse for any of his insensitive words or actions. This starkly contrasts with Stella who is vary affable and sensitive towards everyone. Throughout this novel, Williams displays these themes successfully through the characters and situations they confront.
A Streetcar and a Broken Tower  Aug 4, 2009
In the published edition of his masterwork, "A Streetcar Named Desire", Tennessee Williams uses as an epigraph the following stanza from "The Broken Tower", probably the final poem written by the American romantic poet Hart Crane (1899-1932):

"And so was it I entered the broken world
To trace the visionary company of love, its voice
An instant in the wind (I know not whither hurled)
But not for long to hold each desperate choice."

Crane wrote this difficult poem in 1932, shortly before his suicide. The poem speaks of Crane's efforts to capture the fire of the imagination and the gift of love in the course of an unhappy life. With his passionate romanticism and his lyricism, Crane was a deep and lifelong influence on Williams.

It helped to think about the importance of Crane's lines when I revisited "Streetcar". They capture something of the way we are to understand Blanche DuBois The unhappy heroine of Williams's play did indeed live in a "broken world" of sundered dreams. She lost the remnants of Belle Reve, the family plantation in Mississippi, together with her self-respect. On her fateful visit to her sister Stella and her husband, the coarse, brutal Stanley Kowalski in New Orleans where the play takes place, Stella's world becomes broken again when she loses her last chance at love and her sanity.

All Blanche has are her dreams and her attempt to find "the visionary company of love." She is a woman of illusions who attempts to hide the sordid details of her own past, including the suicide of her young husband, her attendant nymphomania, and her alcoholism from herself and from others. Her illusions cannot survive realistic scrutiny, particularly when they are exposed to Stanley. Blanche is unable to hold on to her last "desperate choice", similarly to the speaker in Crane's poem. As his own life progressed, Williams came increasingly to identify himself with Blanche DuBois, and perhaps these lines from Hart Crane apply to Williams view of himself as well.

With its lurid, pulpy, and melodramatic story, Streetcar has always been a tempting target for critics. But in beautifully poetic language, the play raises certain timeless themes, including the search for love, the powerful and destructive force of sexuality, and the centrality of romance and imagination to give life meaning in a world of brute fact. In a short introduction he wrote to the play called "A Streetcar named Success" Williams suggested, following William Saroyan, that the theme of the play was that "purity of the heart is the one success worth having. `In the time of your life -live!'" The play and Blanche come to a sad end. But capturing Blanche's story in art gives the reader or viewer of the play a power to persevere, similar to the power given to art and love in Hart Crane's "The Broken Tower."

Robin Friedman
Houseguest from Hell  Aug 1, 2009
Blanche Dubois is the houseguest from hell. She arrives at her sister Stella's cramped New Orleans apartment and showers contempt on the humble surroundings. She ties up the bathroom for hours, drinks all the liquor in the house and covers lightbulbs with paper lanterns to escape the harsh glare that reveals her fading beauty. No wonder Blanche and her brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski don't get along. Stanley is part man, part beast, and his very existence offends Blanche's delicate sensibilities. But Blanche is not as pure as she seems. As the summer wears on, the sordid details of her past come to light, and the paper lantern is savagely ripped off.

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