Seeing The Glass Menagerie was like stumbling on a flower in a junkyard – Williams had pushed language and character to the front of the stage as never before.

—Arthur Miller

Available October 14, 1999

The Glass Menagerie

Theater by Tennessee Williams

No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie.  As Williams’s first popular success, it launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world. 

The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: “More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams’s mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally.” This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams’s essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, “The Catastrophe of Success,” as well as a short section of Williams’s own “Production Notes.” The cover features a rendition of the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.

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Paperback (published October 14, 1999)

ISBN
9780811214049
Price US
11.95
Page Count
128

Ebook (published October 14, 1999)

ISBN
9780811220750
Price US
11.95

Tennessee Williams

America’s playwright

Seeing The Glass Menagerie was like stumbling on a flower in a junkyard – Williams had pushed language and character to the front of the stage as never before.

—Arthur Miller