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Tennessee Williams was born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26 1911 in Columbus Mississippi As a child he lived with his mother and grandfather When he was fourteen Williams too first place in an essay contest sponsored by a national magazine The Smart Set At the age of seventeen his first published story appeared in the August 1928 issue of Weird Tales A year later Williams entered the University of Missouri but in 1932 he withdrew and took a job at the shoe factory where his father held a job as a sales manager In 1935 Williams returned to college and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938 Williams had begun writing plays while attending the University of Missouri and after his graduation he had supported himself doing a variety of small jobs In 1939 he won a national drama award for a group of plays called American Blues Williams achieved his first great stage success with The Glass Menagerie which was produced in New York City in 1945 This play won the New York Drama Critics Circle Prize as the years best play Williams averaged two plays a year since that time On February 4 1983 Tennessee Williams died in New York City Throughout Williams lifetime he has put forth more than twenty-five full-length plays more than forty short plays a dozen produced and unproduced screenplays and an opera libretto These have been translated into at least twenty-seven languages including Tamil Welsh Marathi and Hindi In addition there are two novels a novella more than sixty short stories more than one hundred poems an autobiography a published volume of letters introductions to plays and books by others and occasional pieces and reviews PLAYS Baby Doll Tiger Tail Camino Real Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Clothes for a
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