New Book in Local History Department

The newest book in the Local History Department is My Friend Tom, The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams by William Jay Smith.

According to the University Press of Mississippi, My Friend Tom is at once Smith’s critical analysis of Williams’s early work in poetry and drama, a brief biography of Williams during his developmental stages as a writer, and a moving meditation on his friend’s career from Williams’s early failures and ambiguities to fame and notoriety. 

Smith provides in-depth looks at the inception, development, and reception (both commercial and critical) of such early Williams efforts as Candles to the Sun and Fugitive Kind, and later Battle of Angels.  

Using his own correspondence with Williams, contemporary newspaper accounts, and back issues of long-dissolved literary journals, Smith re-creates Williams’s youthful efforts and traces, wistfully and adroitly, his own rough passage into the world of letters.

Author William Jay Smith served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1968 to 1970 and is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry and two memoirs, Army Brat and Dancing in the Garden.

Published in: on April 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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