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The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes for A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on A Hot Tin Roof Many others believe that The Glass Menagerie deserved one as well The Glass Menagerie memory play won the New York Drama Critics Circles award as the best play of the season Williams was born in Columbus Mississippi on March 26 1911 His full name was Thomas Lanier Williams He spent most of his youth in St Louis Missouri During the Depression Williams worked as a factory hand After attending the University of Missouri and Washington University he graduated from the University of Iowa in 1938 Writing under his nickname Tennessee he began his career auspiciously with a group theater award for four one act plays later published under the title American BluesThe action in The Glass Menagerie takes place in the 30s in St Louis Missouri in an apartment facing an alleyThe set consisted of 3 bedrooms one room for each person Tom Laura and Amanda a kitchen a dinning room and a living room each room would be filled with old antique furniture The color of the furniture dark colors like gray brown and even black Curtains hung over the windows and the lighting was very dim and a picture of their father hanging on the wall Amanda Wingfield the motherA little old woman confused vitality clinging frantically to another time and place She is not paranoiac but her life was paranoia She may be cruel at times but there is tenderness in her personality She was kind and some kind of a hero Tom Wingfield Amandas sonHe is the narrator of the play He was a poet with a warehouse job His nature is notremorseless
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