"Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's best-known works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the bed-sitting room of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy Mississippi Delta cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his son Brick and Brick's wife Maggie the "Cat". "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" features several recurring motifs, such as social mores, greed, superficiality, mendacity, decay, sexual desire, repression, and death. There are several variations of the play script. Einstein Books' "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" contains the original script by Williams, and also the 1955 Broadway version, which was directed by Elia Kazan and had a different final third act. Einstein Books' edition of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" contains supplementary texts: · “I Rise In Flame, Cried The Phoenix”, by Tennessee Williams, which presents a fictionalized version of the death of English writer D. H. Lawrence on the French Riveria; Lawrence was one of Williams' chief literary influences. · An excerpt from “Spring Storm”, which Williams wrote while studying as an apprentice. "Spring Storm" received poor reviews in Williams’s playwriting course, and it did not receive its first production until 1995 in Berkeley, California. · A Few Selected Quotes Of Tennessee Williams.
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Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the episcopal clergyman. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evening writing. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. Among his many other plays Penguin have published Summer and Smoke (1948), The Rose Tattoo (1951), Camino Real (1953), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Baby Doll (1957), Orpheus Descending (1957), Something Unspoken (1958),Suddenly Last Summer (1958), Period of Adjustment (1960), The Night of the Iguana (1961), The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963), and Small Craft Warnings (1972). Tennessee Williams died in 1983.From School Library Journal:
Grade 10-Up Topics covered in 10 authoritative essays include: the character of Brick, his friendship with Skipper, his relationship with Maggie, homophobia, the author's unseen characters, Williams's treatment of women, the influence of Spanish author Federico Garc'a Lorca, and comparisons to Williams's other works. All chapters contain examples of dialogue from the play followed by interpretation. The book also has a chronology of the playwright's life and a substantial bibliography. Students studying Williams's work will find a wealth of information here. A great purchase for schools with Cat in the curriculum. -Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA
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