Tennessee Williams - New Selected Essays - Where I Live
Published by New Directions
Wonderful and candid stories abound in these essays - from erudite observations on the theater to veneration for great actresses
In "Five Fiery Ladies" Williams describes his fascinated, deep appreciation of Vivien Leigh, Geraldine Page, Anna Magnani, Katharine Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor, all of whom created roles in stage or film versions of his plays
There are two tributes to his great friend Carson McCullers, reviews of Cocteau's film Orpheus and of two novels by Paul Bowles
It includes a portrait of Williams' longtime agent Audrey Woodand and a salute to Tallulah Bankhead
Also, a political statement from 1972, "We Are Dissenters Now" and some hilarious stories in response to Elia Kazan's frequent admonition, "Tennessee, Never Talk to An Actress"
And also Williams' most moving and astute autobiographical essay, "The Man in the Overstuffed Chair"
Theater critic and essayist John Lahr has provided a terrific foreword which sheds further light on Tennessee Williams' writing process, always fueled by Williams' self-deprecating humor and his empathy for life's nonconformists