By Susan C. W. Abbotson
The uniquely thematic process of this source might help lecturers and librarians determine pertinent works of recent drama for college kids, and may increase readers' figuring out of those works. Ninety-nine performs are mentioned, overlaying a wide variety of works spanning greater than 100 years.
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He asks that we recognize our own secret desire for immortality and youth, as well as the impossibility of ever recovering that youth, which Williams sees as a troubling contradiction of human existence. Heavenly is no less defeated, for all the possibility her name suggests and the way Boss has her dress in white to project an image of youthful innocence and virginity. She began sleeping with Chance at fifteen, and a nude picture he took of her has been all around town. She sees the doctor as having “cut the youth out of my body, made me an old childless woman” (65), an act akin to castration, and since then has viewed herself as tantamount to dead.
New York: DPS, 1942. , Ed. The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. , and Victor W. Marshall, Eds. The Self and Society in Aging Processes. New York: Springer, 1999. Williams, Tennessee. Sweet Bird of Youth, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie. : Penguin, 1962. Ambition and Fame Golden Boy by Clifford Odets (1937) The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler (1967) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (1913) The concepts of ambition and fame are ones that have often troubled modern dramatists, especially those who have felt pulled by the former and restricted by the latter.
Understanding Tennessee Williams. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1995. Gurney, A. R. Later Life. New York: Plume, 1994. Howe, Tina. Pride’s Crossing. New York: TCG, 1998. Keith, Jennie. Old People as People: Social and Cultural Influences on Aging and Old Age. Boston: Little, Brown, 1982. Kesselring, Joseph. Arsenic and Old Lace. New York: DPS, 1942. , Ed. The Cambridge Companion to Tennessee Williams. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. , and Victor W. Marshall, Eds. The Self and Society in Aging Processes.