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It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared-57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation,…mehr

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It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared-57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the '40s and '50s. Who better than America's elder statesman of the theater, Williams' contemporary Arthur Miller, to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poetic dialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "The World I Live In," and a brief chronology of the author's life.
  • Produktdetails
  • A New Directions Paperbook Vol.998
  • Verlag: New Directions
  • Revised
  • Seitenzahl: 224
  • Erscheinungstermin: September 2004
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 201mm x 132mm x 15mm
  • Gewicht: 197g
  • ISBN-13: 9780811216029
  • ISBN-10: 0811216020
  • Artikelnr.: 21047746
Autorenporträt
Tennessee Williams gilt heute als einer der bedeutendsten Dramatiker des 20. Jahrhunderts. Geboren 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, schaffte er nach einer psychisch belasteten Jugend und nach Jahren des Kampfes um Anerkennung 1945 mit dem Drama "Die Glasmenagerie" den Durchbruch zum Welterfolg. Er starb am 25. Februar 1983 in einem New Yorker Hotel.

Arthur Miller, geb. 1915 in New York, verbrachte seine Kindheit in Brooklyn und Harlem. Er studierte Publizistik, Anglistik, Literatur- und Theaterwissenschaften. Der große Börsenkrach und die anschließende Weltwirtschaftskrise, deren soziale Auswirkungen er in den 30er Jahren u.a. als Hafen- und Landarbeiter direkt zu spüren bekam, sind Schlüsselerlebnisse für sein Leben und Schreiben. Die Verarbeitung des Themas in 'Death of a Salesman' bringt ihm 1949 Weltruhm. Er erhielt u.a. 1949 den Pulitzerpreis, 2002 den Prinz-von-Asturien-Preis und 2003 den Jerusalem-Preis. 2005 verstarb Arthur Miller.
Rezensionen
'Tennesee Williams' 1947 masterpiece of broken dreams and tragic collapse' Michael Coveney, Independent, 29.7.09