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Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was one of the greatest twentieth century
playwrights. He attended Soldan and University City high schools, and Washington
University, before graduating from the University of Iowa. His plays explore what
he called "the unlighted sides" of human nature with great insight. He won
Pulitzer Prizes for Streetcar Named Desire (1947) and Cat On A Hot Tin
Roof (1955). Those works, along with The Glass Menagerie (1945) and
Night of the Iguana, also won New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.
Williams wrote nearly thirty full-length plays, two novels, and a number of short
stories and plays.
Sweet Bird of Youth is a 1959 play which tells the story of an aging movie
star whose kept young man is castrated by the father of the girl he deserted.
Contributed by Alan Pert, Sydney, Australia
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