Not About Nightingales by Tennessee WilliamsNot About Nightingales is remarkable both as the work of an unknown twenty-seven-year-old and as a first play to carry the signature Tennessee Williams. The subject matter is a prison scandal which shocked the nation in the mid-thirties when convicts leading a hunger strike in prison were locked in a steam-heated cell and roasted to death. I have never written anything since that could compete with it in violence and horror,Williams said later about the full-length play he developed in 1938. It shows us the young Williams as a political writer in Depression America; its flashes of lyricism and compelling dialogue presage the great plays Williams was later to write.
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A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work are arguably more rich and varied in tone than those of any American dramatist The voices of Williams's entrapped nightingales It adds to the reputation of one of America's greatest playwrights. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr.
An early work by the revered playwright that caused a sensation in Houston, New York, and London. This is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a.
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Not About Nightingales is a three-act play written by Tennessee Williams in The play itself focuses on a group of inmates who go on a hunger strike in attempt to better their situation. There is also a soft love story, with the characters Eva, the new secretary at the prison, and Jim, a handsome inmate who works for the warden and is trying to get out on parole. Williams gained inspiration for the play after reading newspaper accounts of inmates who suffocated in a steam room in a Pennsylvania prison. Although the play was originally written in the s, it was not discovered until the late s when Vanessa Redgrave made it her personal mission to track it down. The play had its world premiere at the Alley Theatre in Houston in
Please note that this product is not available for purchase from Bloomsbury. Not About Nightingales, never before produced or published, is an early play by the year-old Tom Williams and the first play to carry his signature pen-name 'Tennessee'. It was rescued from Williams' archive by the actress Vanessa Redgrave Written in and based on an actual newspaper story, the play follows the events of a prison scandal which shocked America when convicts leading a hunger strike were locked in a steam-heated cell and roasted to death. Williams later said: 'I have never written anything since that could compete with its violence and horror. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.