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They told me to take a streetcar named Desire Ambiguous for half a dozen reasons Tennessee Williams famous line from his third play A Streetcar Named Desire 1947 brings testimony to the contemporary style that he has been loudly acclaimed for Hopeful dramatists have often imitated this mysterious unique style which ultimately reflected the turbulent life he followed He had a great passion for drama creating many plays in his lifetime Williams was championed as one of Americas greatest New Age playwrights despite the underlying darkness of his works Profs comment Excellent Intro Williams life was colourful from the outset A disorderly childhood began when he was born as Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus Mississippi on March 26 1911 He spent most of his youth in St Louis After intermittent attendance at the University of Missouri and Washington University he eventually acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1938 Williams then spent the next seven years at various odd jobs until he got a breakthrough on the Broadway scene as the author of The Glass Menagerie 1945 After the overwhelming successes of A Streetcar Named Desire Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1954 and several other plays including Night of the Iguana 1961 Williams found himself unable to repeat the success of most of his early works In his memoirs he recounts his own problems with drugs alcohol and his homosexuality He died in New York City February 25 1983 Williams wrote brilliant literature to escape his private drama that of his life Williams has written many dramas Most of his works portray neurotic people who are victims of their passions frustrations and loneliness His impressive array of plays and short stories ranges from Battle of Angels 1940 to Eight Mortal Ladies Possessed 1974 The Glass Menagerie has been labelled an evocative memory play It was filmed in 1950 and has been repeatedly performed onstage throuout the world
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