Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams 

One of America's Greatest Playwrights

1911-1983

Best Known Plays:
  • Camino Real.
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Summer and Smoke

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One of the boyhood homes of Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams in St. Louis. He lived on the 3rd floor of this apartment building at 4633 Westminster Place (Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis). [Enlargement] . It is recorded that Tom resided in 29 different "homes" in St. Louis. According to his biographers this was perhaps the least happy of homes for Tennessee. It was here that he lived after his mother had recovered of  Influenza "Spanish" Flu. His mother and father returned home after her recovery, they constantly quarreled, and then separated.  These apartments are sometimes referred as the  "Menagerie Apartments" as it was here that influenced the writing of aspects for his play, "The Glass Menagerie".

Tom attended Eugene Field Elementary School, Soldan High School for one year, before transferring to University City High School where he graduated.

 

Works of Tennessee Williams:

Plays:
 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and Other One Act Plays. 1945.
 The Glass Menagerie. 1945.
 Battle of Ages. 1945.
 A Streetcar Named Desire. 1947.
 You Touched Me! 1947.
 American Blues. 1948.
 Summer and Smoke. 1948.
 The Rose Tattoo. 1951.
 I Rise a Flame, Cried the Phoenix. 1951.
 Camino Real. 1953.
 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. 1955.
 Suddenly Last Summer. 1958.
 Orpheus Descending. London: 1958.
 A Perfect Analysis is Given by a Parrot. 1958.
 Garden District. 1959.
 Sweet Bird of Youth. 1959.
 The Fugitive Kind. 1960.
 Period of Adjustment. 1960.
 The Night of the Iguana. 1961.
 Five Plays. 1962.
 The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. 1964.
 Grand. 1964.
 The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. 1964.
 The Mutilated.  1967.
 Kingdom of the Earth. 1968.
 In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel. 1969.
 Dragon Counting, A Book of Plays. 1970.
 Small Craft Warnings. 1973.
 Vieux Carre. 1979
 The Two-Character Play. 1979.
 A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coer. 1980.
 Steps Must Be Gentle.  1980.
 Clothes for a Summer Hotel: A Ghost Play1983.
 Stopped Rocking and Other Screenplays. 1984.
 The Remarkable Rooming-House of Mme. LeMonde. 1984.
 The Red Devil Battery Sign. 1988.
 Something Cloudy, Something Clear. 1995.
 Not About Nightingales. 1998.
 
Fiction:
 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. 1950.
 Hard Candy. 1959.
 Three Players of a Summer Game. 1960.
 The Knightly Quest. 1966.
 One Arm, and Other Stories. 1967.
 Eight Moral Ladies Possessed. 1974.
 Moise and the World of Reason. 1975.
 It Happened the Day the Sun Rose. 1981.
 Short Stories. 1986.

Poetry:
 Five Young American Poets. 1944.
 In the Winter of Cities. 1956.
 Androgyne, Mon Amour. 1977.

Other:
 Blue Mountain Ballads. 1946.
 Lord Byron's Love Letter. 1955. (Libretto by TW).
 Baby Doll: The Script for the Film. 1956.
 Memoirs. 1975.
 Letters to Donald Windham. 1977.
 Where I Live. 1978.
 Five O' Clock Angel: Letters of Tennessee Williams to Maria St. Just, 1948-1982. 1990.
 The Notebook of Trigorin: A Free Adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull.
 1997.
 
  Movies and Television:
 The Glass Menagerie, 1950.
 A Streetcar Names Desire, 1951.
 The Rose Tatoo, 1955.
 Baby Doll, 1956.
 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 1958.
 Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959.
 The Fugitive Kind, 1960.
 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, 1961.
 Summer and Smoke, 1961.
 Sweet Bird of Youth, 1962.
 Period of Adjustment, 1962.
 Night of the Iguana, 1964.
 This Property is Condemned, 1966.
 Boom, 1968.
 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots, 1969.
 A Streetcar Named Desire, TV, 1984.
 The Glass Menagerie, TV, 1987.
 Sweet Bird of Youth, TV, 1989.
 Suddenly, Last Summer, TV, 1993.
 A Streetcar Named Desire, TV, 1995.

 

Grave site of Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams at Calvary cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.  Note: Whisky bottle apparently was left by an admirer.  There is a similar tradition where a bottle of wine is left at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe on his birthday.  The contents always gets drunk, supposedly by the ghost of Poe, so I assume the same thing happens here.  But apparently Tennessee preferred whisky, which was a family tradition in North Carolina .  Photo by John L. Maurath.

Paternal Lineage of Tennessee Williams

See my page, Early Descendants of John Williams, "The Wealthy Welshman", for a sketch on  Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams family.  See also: Williams: 300 Years of Leadership in America, A History of the Descendants of John Williams of Llangollen, Wales., by Lewis James Williams, III, Joseph Lanier Williams, Rebecca Turner Williams, and Lewis Lanier Williams. 1997, Panther Creek Publishing, Lewisville, NC.

 

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