Tennessee Williams

In 1918, seven-year-old Tennessee Williams moved north with his family to industrial St. Louis. In The Glass Menagerie, he used autobiographical elements to explore the power dynamics within a displaced southern family during the Depression, coping with conflicting values and aspirations. The play became a classic of the American theater.

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Typescript of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, ca. 1944.

Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature (MSS 6694)