Thursday 30 October 2014

Book Review: Collected Stories by Tennessee Williams

Title: Collected Stories
Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 1996 (1985)
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction - Short Stories
Source: Bought Copy
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Acclaimed as one of America's most successful playwrights, Tennessee Williams also published four volumes of short stories. In Collected Stories, these volumes are combined with a wealth of unpublished and uncollected work, ranging from his first his story published in `Weird Tales' when William was seventeen, to his later frank homosexual fantasies.

Williams was famous for insisting he write every morning. Even during his darkest days, while mourning a lover, or abusing some substance - he would write. The
Collected Stories are from every period of his life, and recreate the millieux Williams knew and chronicled so movingly - from his gypsy youth in St. Louis and New Orleans to his days of celebrity in Hollywood and New York. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I have long loved Tennessee Williams' plays but had never read any of his prose work. I found this collection of short stories utterly captivating. As always in such collections, some appealed more than others, but all are perfectly written and display Williams' frank approach to the world. I highly recommend this book to fans of his plays and also to those coming to his work for the first time. A beautiful collection.

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