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Something Cloudy, Something Clear: A Play.

Williams, Tennessee.

Published by New Directions, New York, 1995
ISBN 10: 0811213102 / ISBN 13: 9780811213103
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Title: Something Cloudy, Something Clear: A Play.

Publisher: New Directions, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition.


A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. This never before published play by Williams is set in Provincetown, Cape Cod in 1940 and records Williams' first meeting with his future lover Kip. Performed in 1981, Something Cloudy was not published until mid 1995, twelve years after Williams's death, because Maria St. Just, Williams's self-appointed literary executor, feared it would hurt the playwright's reputation with its unabashedly brutal disclosure of his homosexuality. According to Williams, "Something Cloudy was one of the most personal plays I've written—it released for me some of the emotional content of my life.". Bookseller Inventory # 25271

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Synopsis: Tennessee Williams is one of the finest dramatists of the 20th century; his plays are produced around the world Never before published outside America, Something Cloudy, Something Clear is, by Tennessee Williams' own admission "one of the most personal plays I've ever written". Set in Provincetown, Cape Cod, in 1940, the play records Williams' experiences during that "pivotal summer when I took sort of a crash course in growing up". Eve Adamson, the original director of the play said of it: "Two times, two selves, two sensibilities exist simultaneously in August [the central character]. But also, hovering around and permeating the entire dramatic poem, is the double exposure of Tennessee Williams: the artist and his art, the man and his theatrical persona...time stopped and time flowing."

About the Author: Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important writers, and was also one of its most successful and prolific. His classic works include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Summer and Smoke, Camino Real, Sweet Bird of Youth, Night of the Iguana, Orpheus Descending, and The Rose Tattoo.

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