World famous playwright Tennessee Williams was born this week in Columbus, Mississippi on March 26, 1911. Born Thomas Lanier Williams III, “Tennessee” went on to write plays, short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays, and a volume of memoirs. His career spanned the 1930s until his death on February 25, 1983.
His work included A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rose Tattoo, Sweet Bird of Youth, Suddenly Last Summer, and much more.
In honor of his birthday, two items were recently donated to the Local History Department.
One item is an envelope from 1995 with the Tennessee Williams US postal stamp in the upper right hand corner. It also contains an ArtCraft print of Williams on the left hand side of the envelope. It was produced by the Postal Commorative Society.
The second item donated is a 1960 lobby card from the movie Suddenly Last Summer. The movie included famous actors such as Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montogery Clift. The plot centers on a young woman who, at the insistence of her wealthy New Orleans aunt, is being evaluated by a psychiatric doctor to receive a lobotomy after witnessing the death of her cousin, Sebastian Venable, while traveling with him in Spain the previous summer.
We look forward to showcasing these items along with many other posters, playbills, lobby cards, and photographs that we have from our collection on Tennessee Williams this upcoming September and October at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library during the annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes.
For more information about the Tennessee Williams Tribute in September visit http://www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams.