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116 Tennessee Williams 1911-1983
A Streetcar Named Desire
Typescript with autograph corrections, 136 p., 1947
After his initial success with A Glass Menagerie in 1944, A Streetcar Named Desire was the playwright's second major hit, and the first of his to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Williams identified this copy of the script as his personal working copy, which he later inscribed and presented to his close friend Josephine Healy. The typescript, containing additions and corrections in Williams's hand, is an early version; the character Blanche has not yet acquired the last name Dubois, nor have several of her famous exit lines, including the final appeal to "the kindness of strangers," been written. Elia Kazan, who directed the December 3, 1947, premier at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, later referred to it as "the best America has ever done."
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