The Glass Menagerie
Published by New Directions
A beautiful clothbound edition of a beloved classic to celebrate the 100th birthday of America’s greatest playwright, with a sweeping new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner
The Glass Menagerie marked a crucial turning point in American theater, and forever changed the life of its then unknown author
Williams' elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway - the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this “memory play” have made it one of America’s most powerful, timeless and compelling plays
The introduction by Tony Kushner sparkles with the kind of rich, unique insight that only a fellow playwright could convey
The Deluxe Centennial Edition includes -
Tony Kushner’s astonishing introduction
The pioneering essay, 'The Homosexual in Society,' by Tennessee’s friend Robert Duncan, and poems by Hart Crane, E E Cummings, Walt Whitman, and Tennessee Williams which Kushner discusses as sources of inspiration
The Pretty Trap a cheerful one-act run-up to The Glass Menagerie
'The Portrait of a Girl in Glass' - Tennessee’s short-story variation of the play
Photographs of great actresses who have played Amanda, and stills from various stage and film incarnations of The Glass Menagerie
Williams’s classic essay about fame, 'The Catastrophe of Success'
The playwright’s original 'Production Notes'
The 1944 opening-night rave reviews from The Chicago Herald American and the Chicago Tribune
An essay by the distinguished Williams scholar Allean Hale - 'Inside The Menagerie' - which provides autobiographical particulars about Williams’ family life in St Louis
A gorgeous new jacket design by Rodrigo Corral.