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The author of the book: Tennessee Williams
Edition: Bantam Books
Date of issue: 1976
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The publication of a major work of fiction by Tennessee Williams - the most gifted playwright and poet of the human emotions of our time - is a major literary event. His gift for dialog, his shrewd instinct for phrase and language, and his unerring knowledge of the regions of soul where desire, regret and loneliness lie in wait for the traveller make this remakable novel a work as moving and powerful as his enduring plays - A Streetcar Namde Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.
At the center of Moise and the World of Reason is the need of three people for each other: Moise, an impoverished and quixotic young painter with a gift for unfinished canvassas; the narrator, a young man from Thelma, Alabama, who is determinied to be a distinguished writer; and Lance, the man whose intensity, strength and sensuality held them all togther while he lived, and whose absence gives the novel its strange and haunting power and pathos. For the subject of Tennessee Williams' novel is the need for love - a need which Lance once filled in the narrator and his new lover does not, and which Moise's never entirely fills for her. It is this need that propels them through a long and restless night in Greenwich Villiage - a night in which Moise gives a party to announce her retirement from "the world of reason"; in which the narrator loses his roommate, the "second love of his life"; and in which a lifetime of experience, hope, the loss of innocence and the rekindling of desire is exposed in a series of scenes and encounters so dramatic, moving and precise that only Tennesse Williams could have written them.
Erotic, sensual, comic, and totally convincing, Moise and the World of Reason is a major work by one of the most distinguised artists of Amercan literature.
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Read information about the authorThomas Lanier Williams III, better known by the nickname Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright of the twentieth century who received many of the top theatrical awards for his work. He moved to New Orleans in 1939 and changed his name to "Tennessee," the state of his father's birth. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. In addition, The Glass Menagerie (1945) and The Night of the Iguana (1961) received New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards. His 1952 play The Rose Tattoo (dedicated to his lover, Frank Merlo), received the Tony Award for best play.
Characters in his plays are often seen as representations of his family members. Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie was understood to be modeled on Rose. Some biographers believed that the character of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire is also based on her.
Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie was generally seen to represent Williams' mother, Edwina. Characters such as Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Sebastian in Suddenly, Last Summer were understood to represent Williams himself. In addition, he used a lobotomy operation as a motif in Suddenly, Last Summer.
The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded to A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948 and to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1955. These two plays were later filmed, with great success, by noted directors Elia Kazan (Streetcar) with whom Williams developed a very close artistic relationship, and Richard Brooks (Cat). Both plays included references to elements of Williams' life such as homosexuality, mental instability, and alcoholism. Although The Flowering Peach by Clifford Odets was the preferred choice of the Pulitzer Prize jury in 1955 and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was at first considered the weakest of the five shortlisted nominees, Joseph Pulitzer Jr., chairman of the Board, had seen Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and thought it worthy of the drama prize. The Board went along with him after considerable discussion.
Williams wrote The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer when he was 29 and worked on it sporadically throughout his life. A semi-autobiographical depiction of his 1940 romance with Kip Kiernan in Provincetown, Massachusetts, it was produced for the first time on October 1, 2006 in Provincetown by the Shakespeare on the Cape production company, as part of the First Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival.
Other works by Williams include Camino Real and Sweet Bird of Youth.
His last play went through many drafts as he was trying to reconcile what would be the end of his life. There are many versions of it, but it is referred to as In Masks Outrageous and Austere.
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