The Glass Menagerie~ A Play by Tennessee Williams

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I haven’t read this one in a long while.
The Glass Menagerie is a memory play written by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity, unknown to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura.
First performance: March 31, 1945
Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Setting: A St. Louis apartment, late 1930s

Characters

Amanda Wingfield

A faded Southern belle, abandoned by her husband, who is trying to raise her two children under harsh financial conditions. Amanda yearns for the comforts of her youth and also longs for her children to have the same comforts, but her devotion to them has made her—as she admits at one point—almost “hateful” towards them.

Tom Wingfield

Amanda’s son. Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support his family but is frustrated by his job and aspires to…

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