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Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams
  • Authored by: Alycia Smith-Howard and Greta Heintzelman
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816048886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-4888-5
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 04/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 812
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 448


One of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams is known for his sensitive characterizations, poetic yet realistic writing, ironic humor, and depiction of harsh realities in human relationships. Williams drew on his own troubled early life to depict the loneliness, fear, and sexual anxiety of such memorable characters as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. His work is frequently included in high school and college curricula, and his plays are still produced today.

Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams includes entries on all of Tennessee Williams's major and most minor works, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, a novel, a collection of short stories, two poetry collections, and personal essays; places and events related to his works; major figures in his life; literary influences; and issues in Williams scholarship and criticism.

Appendixes include a complete list of Williams's works, a list of research libraries with significant Williams holdings, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology.

About the Author(s)

Alycia Smith-Howard holds a Ph.D. from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and is assistant professor at the Gallatin School at New York University. She is also the artistic director of the Gallatin Arts Festival.

Greta Heintzelman holds advanced degrees from Trinity College and Long Island University. She is currently a reference librarian at the Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is also a professional dramaturge, archivist, and freelance writer.

Reviews and Awards

"...an excellent resource for those studying Williams's life and extensive body of work. Well written and well organized...Highly recommended."

"...will equally reward serious student, scholar, and sheer Williams devotee...the degree of [the author’s] thoroughness is breathtaking...”
New England Theatre Journal

"...a very good introduction..."

“...a one-stop resource for Tennessee Williams scholars...stands out for the breadth of its coverage, its focus on the writer’s work, and its user-friendly format. Public and academic libraries needing more material on Williams should consider purchasing.”
Library Journal

"...[an] excellent guide through the prolific and varied literary world of Tennessee Williams. Attractively formatted, well bound, and armed with a good selection of photographs...All academic and most high school libraries should seriously consider adding this modestly priced guide to their collections. It is likely to be selected as one of the best reference books of the year."
American Reference Books Annual

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