Performed in classrooms and theaters around the world, Tennessee Williams's celebrated play is now available in a special high school edition with a teaching guide by Kate Walker
No play in the modern theater has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. Since its premier in Chicago in 1944, Menagerie has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Laurette Taylor to Jessica Tandy and Joanne Woodward, and it is studied and performed in classrooms and theaters around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available with an introduction by Robert Bray, which reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This edition also includes Williams's essay "The Catastrophe of Success," on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, as well as short section of Williams's own production notes and a special guide to the play for students, prepared by Kate Walker.
About the Author
Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) was America’s most influential playwright. Readers have devoured his poetry, essays, short stories, and letters, as well as his fantastic late plays, his remarkable corpus of one-acts, and his greatest plays—The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Night of the Iguana, The Rose Tattoo, Suddenly Last Summer, and Camino Real. Williams is a cornerstone of New Directions—we publish everything he wrote. He is also our single bestselling author.
Delicate and perceptive, The Glass Menagerie inhabits a half world between comedy and tragedy.
— The New York Times
Seeing The Glass Menagerie was like stumbling on a flower in a junk-yard. Williams had pushed language and character to the front of the stage as never before. The revolutionary newness was in its poetic lift, but an underlying hard dramatic structure was what earned the play its right to sing poetically.
— Arthur Miller