Saturday, December 25, 2004

'The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams': The Productive Years

Link - Even in his most productive years, Tennessee Williams's life was a mess. If he was not an alcoholic, he was surely close. He was, as well, a prodigious pill popper -- uppers following downers in mighty doses -- and a heedless hedonist, by no means discreet about the boy toys he picked up at bathhouses and swimming pools. And this says nothing about his hypochondria, his haunted relationships with his difficult mother and his tragic sister (who was sequestered in a succession of mental institutions) or his vast range of louche and feckless friends on whom he squandered far too much doting attention.

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