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A Streetcar Named Desire [Turtleback]

Tennessee Williams
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August 1989 0606034811 978-0606034814 25th
Starring Rosemary Harris as the vulnerable Blanche DuBois, this dazzling drama of love, lust, and unbridled passion set against the steamy backdrop of New Orleans is an unrivaled classic of modern American theatre. This recording features the cast of the smash revival in 1973 at Lincoln Center.
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Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny.--Francis Ford Coppola --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983) first won recognition with the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie in 1945, followed by his masterpiece, A Streetcar named Desire in 1947. Later hits included Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Night of the Iguana.

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i did not realise it was the play and find it hard to read there is not much more to tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surpassed my expectations March 10 2013
I purchased A Street Car Named Desire and was more then satisfied with the quality of the used book. I have many assignments for school and many personal reading endeavours that I need and want to overtake, if I am in need of a book I will most definitely purchase from here again!
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but stereotypical Dec 12 2002
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams is a play about class and gender, and how they interact in a specific time period and place, much more than it is about individual characters. The main characters embody some of the most stereotypical characteristics of all time. Stanley Kowalski - the male lead - is a working class man who uses strength to succeed in his job and his marriage. His wife, Stella, demurely accepts Stanley's verbal and physical abuse because she loves him. Their world is a perfect balance of male/ female, active/ passive, love/ fear, and rough/gentle, until Stella's sister comes to visit. Blanche is much more rounded character, but she is stereotypically a southern belle and a snob, to the point where she lies about her age and how much she drinks because it is the ladylike thing to do. The play unfolds rather fascinatingly, and it quite well written - dramatic but with enough humor to make it bearable. There are an abundance of very obvious symbols, which might tire the reader after awhile. Desire covers a lot of themes, including, as I said before, class and gender, desire and the south, which may be too much for one play, but Williams pulls it off well. The reader comes away with a good sense of the New Orleans working class after the war. A good play, but probably a better performance than read, as befits a play.
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By C. Dey
I read this play for school and I had heard of it before but I thought it was a novel, not a play. Before reading this play, the only plays I had read were Cyrano and quite a few by Shakespeare which are plays from before the 20th century I am pretty sure. Luckily for me A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE was written in the 20th century so I found it easy to understand and follow. The characters were well developed (though I am not surprised seeing as Vivian Leigh starred in the film version).

This play was also funny, especially with the character Stanley. Some lines in this play I will not easily forget and some parts I would even like to write down for future reference.

What I really liked about this play was that all or almost all of the scenes were in Stanley and Stella's house (of course they didn't just stay there, there was mention of places they had been off stage). I just found that to be comforting and easy to visualize and I really don't like change so this suited me just fine.

Because this play was so easy to visualize, I could picture it and hear the actors voices. I loved Mitch and Blanche together and all the characters had likable and not likable characteristics, making them realistic.

I read that Tennessee Williams also wrote THE GLASS MENAGERIE, I want to read that as well.


reviewed by Callie at Handle Like Hendrix
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Good March 7 2011
I love watching plays but never really enjoyed reading them too much because of the lack of progression in my opinion. But I picked this up and just had to keep reading it! It's simple but interesting to have you hooked. The characters are interesting as well and all have different personalities that I think those reading will get a laugh out of and maybe even frustrated over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crushing play Dec 13 2007
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Such a great play. It sucks you in and puts you face to face with Stanley. What an antihero, too. Engrossing and depressing - worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant. March 26 2004
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"A Streetcar Named Desire" is such a raw and captivating play. With luxurious characters full of rage, lust, and refutation, you'll be transported into the realm of Stanley, Stella, and Blanche, and you'll never look back. It's interesting to see Tennessee Williams' writing in this play and "The Glass Menagerie." I recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant March 4 2004
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Yes, this is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing ever to grace the stage of the American theatre. The movie is superb and reading the play, I'm still astounded by the poetry of the piece. The problem comes in when it gets performed. I've seen seven productions of "Streetcar" and none of them worked. Then again, I've seen a handful of "Lears" and none of them did either. Could it be that "Streetcar" is so well-written and difficult that it rarely comes off? Most people prefer to read Shakespeare's "Lear" as they KNOW it can't be performed to the extent it should be. Such is the case with "Streetcar." By all means, buy this play and read it, or watch the movie, and if you come across a production that's good, please let me know!
Also recommended: Angels in America, Bark of the Dogwood, Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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