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by Donald SPOTO

Download THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS: The Life of Tennessee Williams eBook
ISBN:
0413642305
Author:
Donald SPOTO
Category:
Dramas & Plays
Language:
English
Publisher:
Methuen Drama; Rev Ed edition (1990)
Pages:
432 pages
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1612 kb
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1861 kb
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Rating:
4.8
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The Kindness of Strangers book.

The Kindness of Strangers book. Award-winning biographer Donald Spoto gives us not only a full and This is the first complete, critical biography of Tennessee Williams (1911–1983), one of America's finest playwrights and the author of (among many important works) The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, and The Night of. the Iguana.

The Kindness of Strangers, based on Williams's own papers, his mother's diaries, and interviews with scores of friends . All the Tennessee Williams books have been purchased for a dissertation.

The Kindness of Strangers, based on Williams's own papers, his mother's diaries, and interviews with scores of friends, lovers, and professional associates, is, in the author's words, a portrait of "a man more disturbing, more dramatic, richer and more wonderful than any character he created". I have bought anything on him. Yadah, Yadah, Yadah to fulfill the stupid word count restrictions.

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The Kindness of Strangers, based on Williams's own papers, his mother's diaries, and interviews with scores of friends, lovers, and professional associates, is, in the author's words, a portrait of "a man more disturbing, more dramatic, richer and more wonderful than any character he created. ENG. Number of Pages.

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The Broken World of Tennessee Williams. com User, 19 years ago. The last words of the book, "at last there was stillness," exemplify Spoto's ability to capture the chaos of this genius's life. Anyone who reads this book will have to be willing to take Spoto's unsympathetic reading of Williams's life. At times he lectures the dead subject of the book like a prim schoolmarm (he did the same in his Hitchcock biography).

Title: Kindness Of Strangers. Catalogue Number: 9780306808050. Missing Information?. Read full description. Donald Spoto is the author of many books, among them internationally best-selling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Ingrid Bergman. He lives in Beverly Hills, California. Country of Publication. This is the first complete, critical biography of Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), one of America's finest playwrights and the author of (among many important works) The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, and The Night of the Iguana.

The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams. Stanley Kramer, Film Maker. Thus Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich has taken shape over eight years, even as other books were begun and published

The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams. Marilyn Monroe: The Biography. Thus Blue Angel: The Life of Marlene Dietrich has taken shape over eight years, even as other books were begun and published. Biographers (perhaps preeminently among practitioners of the writer’s craft) owe much to the practical assistance of others. En route to publication, throughout Europe and America, I was the fortunate recipient of kind and generous help from friends and from strangers who quickly became friends.

  • Ungall
This biography of Tennessee Williams was written shortly after the playwright's death and, subsequently, it suffers from a tendency to underrate the late works of the playwright. The traditional view of Williams is that although he never stopped writing after having his last theatrical success with 1961's NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, the work that he produced was either a weak echo of former successes or, to paraphrase from Spoto, obvious the product of a "confused mind." It is precisely this latter argument, that Williams's increasingly troubled private life resulted in a string of mediocre-to-poor plays, that dates this biography, although it gives the narrative an "appealing" arch I suppose.

In recent years there has been a string of criticism and a renewed interest in the late plays, many of which are quite wonderful. There's a wealth of information here, so the book definitely has some value, but it's necessary to take Spoto's opinions on the quality of the late Williams with a grain of salt. If the biography has any current value to Williams's scholars/students, it is instructive in providing the reader a useful impression of what the general consensus of the reception of Williams's work used to be, but it's important to note that things are different now.

A word of warning for those ordering this copy "new" from Amazon... this is a cheap reprint with photocopied pages, particularly ugly for the two sections of photographs that pop up in the book. You might be better off buying an old hardcover copy used.
  • Melipra
Very thorough in details of nearly every year of Williams' life it seems. I felt the joy of his victories and pain of his failures although Spoto has a very dry style, but it seems his subject is quite myterious too. Ive not finished the book, its not an exciting read and i usually need a nap after reading it for a bit. 5 stars for detail and content.
  • Cobandis
I bought this with TCM Romantic Dramas, which lumps Streetcar and Cat along with 2 James Dean flicks. The price is right, and you avoid a shipping fee.
Another customer reviewer complains about Mr. Spoto's negative attitude towards Tennessee Williams's promiscuity, (the word itself has negative connotations). I agree that the biography would be a bit better if Spoto had withheld those judgments, but on the few occasions when he crosses that line, he pulls back quickly enough, and for me it did not spoil an otherwise compelling read. TW truly seems to come alive on the pages, partly because of those foibles with which much of his writing contends. His lively sense of humor is very much in evidence too. First published in 1985 just 2 years after TW's death, as of 2013 it holds up well and is certainly worth reading.
  • Zymbl
Donald Spoto is a gifted biographer and a writer in his own right. Thought by many to be the greatest American playwright of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams was a tormented artist with a need to write, no matter what. Spoto reveals Williams' strengths, frailties and extraordinary talent by employing his own education within this genre and by deft and careful research. We learn why and how, the circumstances, the human relationships, the tragedies and triumphs that forever affected Williams and his art. One of the very best biographies I've ever read.
  • Era
Well written and so helpful to understand his life and the premise for his writings. Any artist and the effect their environment and family have on them or anyone's life is eye opening. To step outside the box and live beyond societies perimeters is a challenge.
  • Olelifan
I read this book after it was recommended by a good friend of mine, Colby Kullman, who was an English professor at Ole Miss. Colby is an expert on Mr. Williams. I found the book to be very fair to Mr. Williams. It helps to explain the pain of his childhood, the many demons he fought as an adult, the pain of writing and rejection, and his humor. I would recommend the book to anyone that want to have a good general knowledge of Williams. It opened my eyes to the fact that all humans have faults - none of us are perfect.
  • Wat!?
A heart wrenching story about one of America's greatest playwrights. I learned so much about the heart and soul of an artist that produced each and every day.
All the Tennessee Williams books have been purchased for a dissertation. I have bought anything on him.
Yadah, Yadah, Yadah to fulfill the stupid word count restrictions