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Tennessee Williams is synonymous with 20th-century theatre. For nearly half a century, he wrote plays that transformed stages and amazed audiences around the world. This reference is a comprehensive guide to his life and works. Included are roughly 160 alphabetically arranged entries on topics related to Williams and his writings. Individual entries treat his works, his family members and acquaintances, places central to his writings, and such topics as music, race, religion, art, and politics. Entries cite works for further reading and are written by expert contributors, and the encyclopedia closes with a selected, general bibliography. Through roughly 160 alphabetically arranged entries, the encyclopedia identifies major figures in his life; names his characters and specifies their significance; summarizes his plays, stories, and poems; discusses his sources and publications; provides performance histories; and surveys important film adaptations. Entries are written by expert contributors and cite works for further reading, while the encyclopedia concludes with primary and secondary bibliographies.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313321016
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 975 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An indispensable reference work, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is also an absorbing narrative because, along with their great knowledge, the contributors share poignant, vivid, and even wry reflections....The curtain has closed on Williams, and on Marlon Brando too, but the energetic, vivacious Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is a grand encore."-The Southern Register
"Here is a much-needed resource of a modern playwright who has contributed so much to stages and audiences around the world....The encyclopedia is an excellent resource for English and theater teachers and students. Though it is not comprehensive, it does provide the researcher with basic information on Williams' work and life. This is a worthwhile purchase for academic, large public, and some high-school libraries."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"While information about Williams and his work is available in a myriad of other sources, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia gathers the essentials together in a single concise volume. Appropriate for some reference collections, this encyclopedia is another one of those well crafted works that may be even more useful in circulation, or on private shelves. In any case, academic and public libraries should find it a worthwhile choice."-Against the Grain
"This compendium contains biographic entries as well as entries on Williams's literary, cultural, and social milieu and his legacy. With detailed chronology and over 160 entries, this source provides critical summaries of the major plays and entries on topics such as the influence of Clifford Odets and Eugene O'Neill, the role of the New School for Social Research in Williams's career, the role of race in his life and works, and film adaptations of Williams's writings."-American Literature
"Scholars will find quite useful the ready availability of the performance and publication histories of each play discussed and may well identify new subjects for study. The Encyclopedia, in its uncomplicated structure, its straightforward diction, its generous entries on William's works, and its compactness, will be especially useful to general audiences, to secondary school and college students and teachers, and to actors, directors, and producers, particularly in regional theatres. To offer such a thorough and inviting explication of William's life and work is an important service to both Williams and his audiences."-Southern Humanities Review
"Kolin promises that students, teachers, and fans of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and other popular Williams plays will find "the most essential information" in this first encyclopedic guide to the great American playwright. They will, and they discover much more besides. Kolin and a roster of other prominent Williams scholars provide approximately 160 entries on individuals, places, works, and concepts of special significance in Williams's life and career....This reviewer cannot imagine a more engaging or more useful reference resource for students and scholars of Williams....Essential. All libraries, academic and public."-Choice
"Perhaps it is unusual to pick up a reference book and read it cover to cover, but that is just what the wonderfully written, sensitively compiled and highly informative Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia edited by Philip Kolin invites one to do. Entry by entry the reader is drawn into the world of the people, places, inspirations and obsessions that shaped the seminal American literary figure....The organized, elegant Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia proves not only informative, but genuinely interesting to the scholar and casual reader alike. It is a welcome contribution to the field of Williams' scholarship and a wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any reader interested in the American literary tradition."-The Midwest Quarterly
"[A]n important, and necessary, addition to the recent boom in re-evaluations of Williams by theatre practitioners and scholars....Philip C. Kolin and his contributors can be credited with assembling an authoritative core reference work, essential in aiding future students, scholars and directors in diverse reappraisals of a remarkably expansive corpus of work."-American Studies
"�A�n important, and necessary, addition to the recent boom in re-evaluations of Williams by theatre practitioners and scholars....Philip C. Kolin and his contributors can be credited with assembling an authoritative core reference work, essential in aiding future students, scholars and directors in diverse reappraisals of a remarkably expansive corpus of work."-American Studies
?An indispensable reference work, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is also an absorbing narrative because, along with their great knowledge, the contributors share poignant, vivid, and even wry reflections....The curtain has closed on Williams, and on Marlon Brando too, but the energetic, vivacious Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is a grand encore.?-The Southern Register
?[A]n important, and necessary, addition to the recent boom in re-evaluations of Williams by theatre practitioners and scholars....Philip C. Kolin and his contributors can be credited with assembling an authoritative core reference work, essential in aiding future students, scholars and directors in diverse reappraisals of a remarkably expansive corpus of work.?-American Studies
?Here is a much-needed resource of a modern playwright who has contributed so much to stages and audiences around the world....The encyclopedia is an excellent resource for English and theater teachers and students. Though it is not comprehensive, it does provide the researcher with basic information on Williams' work and life. This is a worthwhile purchase for academic, large public, and some high-school libraries.?-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
?While information about Williams and his work is available in a myriad of other sources, The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia gathers the essentials together in a single concise volume. Appropriate for some reference collections, this encyclopedia is another one of those well crafted works that may be even more useful in circulation, or on private shelves. In any case, academic and public libraries should find it a worthwhile choice.?-Against the Grain
?This compendium contains biographic entries as well as entries on Williams's literary, cultural, and social milieu and his legacy. With detailed chronology and over 160 entries, this source provides critical summaries of the major plays and entries on topics such as the influence of Clifford Odets and Eugene O'Neill, the role of the New School for Social Research in Williams's career, the role of race in his life and works, and film adaptations of Williams's writings.?-American Literature
?Scholars will find quite useful the ready availability of the performance and publication histories of each play discussed and may well identify new subjects for study. The Encyclopedia, in its uncomplicated structure, its straightforward diction, its generous entries on William's works, and its compactness, will be especially useful to general audiences, to secondary school and college students and teachers, and to actors, directors, and producers, particularly in regional theatres. To offer such a thorough and inviting explication of William's life and work is an important service to both Williams and his audiences.?-Southern Humanities Review
?Kolin promises that students, teachers, and fans of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and other popular Williams plays will find "the most essential information" in this first encyclopedic guide to the great American playwright. They will, and they discover much more besides. Kolin and a roster of other prominent Williams scholars provide approximately 160 entries on individuals, places, works, and concepts of special significance in Williams's life and career....This reviewer cannot imagine a more engaging or more useful reference resource for students and scholars of Williams....Essential. All libraries, academic and public.?-Choice
?Perhaps it is unusual to pick up a reference book and read it cover to cover, but that is just what the wonderfully written, sensitively compiled and highly informative Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia edited by Philip Kolin invites one to do. Entry by entry the reader is drawn into the world of the people, places, inspirations and obsessions that shaped the seminal American literary figure....The organized, elegant Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia proves not only informative, but genuinely interesting to the scholar and casual reader alike. It is a welcome contribution to the field of Williams' scholarship and a wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any reader interested in the American literary tradition.?-The Midwest Quarterly
?Kolin has amassed a very readable and useful encyclopedia with 160 entries on topics that include people and places in the Williams family history, individuals who figured prominently in Williams's personal and professional life, a lengthy (though not exhaustive) listing of his works, and assorted topics addressing culture, politics, and religion. ....[a]ccessible to theater practitioners impatient with the minutiae of scholarship, yet serious scholars will find the detail and references very useful. For students beginning a focused investigation into the playwright, this encyclopedia provides a welcome introduction and practical guide to further study.... [t]his work can have an impact on both the scholarly community and the community of theater practitioners. Further, it will enable investigation into the nooks and crannies of Williams's career that have so far gone univestigated.?-Theater History Studies
?The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is not just a reference work for scholars....as the entries are easily acessible to any interested reader of American or southern literature. This handsomely produce edition from Greenwood Press provides a number of illustrations, especially of foreign productions, that prove almost as intriguing as the texts they accompany. Indeed, the encyclopedia invites browsing....Philip C. Kolin is a leading scholar of Tennessee Williams himself, and he is to be congratulated for gathering the efforts of so many important scholars so successfully in The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia.?-The Southern Quarterly
"The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is not just a reference work for scholars....as the entries are easily acessible to any interested reader of American or southern literature. This handsomely produce edition from Greenwood Press provides a number of illustrations, especially of foreign productions, that prove almost as intriguing as the texts they accompany. Indeed, the encyclopedia invites browsing....Philip C. Kolin is a leading scholar of Tennessee Williams himself, and he is to be congratulated for gathering the efforts of so many important scholars so successfully in The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia."-The Southern Quarterly
"Kolin has amassed a very readable and useful encyclopedia with 160 entries on topics that include people and places in the Williams family history, individuals who figured prominently in Williams's personal and professional life, a lengthy (though not exhaustive) listing of his works, and assorted topics addressing culture, politics, and religion. ....[a]ccessible to theater practitioners impatient with the minutiae of scholarship, yet serious scholars will find the detail and references very useful. For students beginning a focused investigation into the playwright, this encyclopedia provides a welcome introduction and practical guide to further study.... [t]his work can have an impact on both the scholarly community and the community of theater practitioners. Further, it will enable investigation into the nooks and crannies of Williams's career that have so far gone univestigated."-Theater History Studies
"It is impossible to turn a page of this book without learning something new about Williams or his work. It is an astonishing resource, invaluable not only to those interested in Williams but also to those trying to understand American cultural history."-C.W.E. Bigsby Professor of American Studies University of East Anglia
"The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is a unique and most welcome contribution to Williams scholarship. Readers certainly will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the life and works of this major playwright. Kolin's is a carefully edited reference source, one whose breadth and scope are thorough, detailed, and enormously impressive. In brief, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Tennessee Williams. It is a major addition to the field."-Matthew Roudane Professor of English and Chair Georgia State University
"The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for anyone working on the extraordinary body of work that puts Tennessee Williams so high in the pantheon of American writers. Scholars, students, actors, and directors seeking to inform themselves about any element of the life, work, and production history of Williams now have a reliable and accessible place to begin. Philip Kolin, a Williams scholar of great distinction, brings his critical expertise and editorial skill to this authoritative and judicious account of the essential Tennessee Williams."-Una Chaudhuri Professor of English and Drama New York University

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