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date: 30 November 2020

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This essay examines the works of the American playwright Tennessee Williams. It suggests that Williams’s negotiations between his own instincts and the demands of a commercial theater not only produced a distinctive style but also even fostered the new experimentalism that arose in the 1950s and 1960s. It analyzes the character of Alma in Williams’s Summer and Smoke and compares the play with some of his other works, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Glass Menagerie, and Streetcar Named Desire. This essay also argues that, despite his daring drama, Williams failed to escape the straitjacket demands of the commercial stage.

Keywords: Tennessee Williams, American playwright, commercial theater, Summer and Smoke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Glass Menagerie, Streetcar Named Desire

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