It is 70 years since the low Broadway breeding of The Glass Menagerie, which folded to 24 curtain calls. Its author, 34-year-old Tennessee Williams, went on to write A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and to pioneer what Arthur Miller called 'a group action' in american
theatre. John Lahrâ€™s biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh won this yearâ€™s National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography and the american
Academy of Arts and Lettersâ€™ Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award for 'price reduction of prose'. In this lecture Lahr relates Williamsâ€™s formal way to his said-proclaimed hysteria â€“ what he described as â€œsix engines internal a jalopyâ€.
John Lahr has shorthand for the New Yorker simply because 1992, exactly where
for 21 years he was Senior Drama Critic. He is the author of Notes on a Cowardly Lion, a biography of his father, outstanding of The Wizard of Oz, and of biographies of Joe Orton and Dame Edna e'er
age. He has edited the diaries of Ken Tynan and Joe Orton, and has twice stuffy the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He was the second critic of all time
to win a Tony Award â€“ for co-authoring Elaine Stritch At Liberty. The event is introduced by Andrew O'Hagan.
We are glad to the Hawthornden Charitable Trust for sponsoring this event.
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