Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is professor emeritus at the University of llinois Urbana-Champaign. He has directed all of Williams’s early full-length plays and adapted several of Williams’s unpublished short stories for the stage.

The Caterpillar Dogs and Other Early Stories

Fiction by Tennessee Williams

With a contribution by Tom Mitchell

These seven previously unpublished tales were penned by Thomas Lanier Williams of Missouri before he became Tennessee. His voice is unmistakable as he captures private moments in the lives of urban and rural Americans surviving the Great Depression, and the reliable idiosyncrasies and quiet dignity of Williams’s eccentrics are already present. Consider the diminutive octogenarian of “The Caterpillar Dogs,” who may have just met her match in a pair of laughing Pekinese that refuse to surrender to her demands; the retired evangelist in “Every Friday Nite Is Kiddies Nite,” who receives a message from God to move to St.…
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