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The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book
The shame and glory of Tennessee Williams in John Lahr's new book

One day a comprehensive literary biography of Tennessee Williams will be written that won't resemble a psychiatric case study. Until then let's savor John Lahr's "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh," a work that is scintillating on the backstage and bedroom dramas and almost intrusively perceptive on the autobiographical nature of Williams' art. If the work doesn't quite give Williams his literary due, it is at least perfectly at home with him in the theater. Lahr, the former drama critic for the New Yorker, occasional playwright and biographer of Joe Orton and other "theatricals," knows his way around the rialto. He...

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