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Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Drama

Gentlemen Callers: Tennessee Williams, Homosexuality, and Mid-Twentieth-Century Drama

Michael Paller

ISBN: 9781403967756

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"Gentlemen Callers" provides a fascinating look at America's greatest twentieth-century playwright and perhaps the most-performed, even today. Michael Paller looks at Tennessee Williams's plays from the 1940s through the 1960s against the backdrop of the playwright's life story, providing fresh details. Through this lens Paller examines the evolution of mid-twentieth-century America's acknowledgment and acceptance of homosexuality. From the early one-act "Auto-da-Fe" and "The Glass Menagerie" through "Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Garden District" and the late "Something Cloudy, Something Clear, " Paller's book investigates how Williams's earliest critics marginalized or ignored his gay characters and why, beginning in the 1970s, many gay liberationists reviled them. Lively, blunt, and provocative, this book will appeal to anyone who loves Williams, Broadway, and the theater.
Michael Paller

Michael Paller

Michael Paller is dramaturg and Director of Humanities for the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and also teaches in their MFA acting conservatory. Since joining A.C.T. in August, 2005, he has dramaturged 50 mainstage productions and several readings in A.C.T.’s First Look series of new work including plays by Ping Chong, Jose Rivera, Lillian Groag and Philip Kan Gotanda. He has ... view full profile

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