A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Book - 1980
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It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared -- A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story of the fading and desperate Blanche DuBois and how her sensuous and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, pushes her over the edge is now classic. Who better than Arthur Miller, America's elder statesman of the theater (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, Broken Glass, Resurrection Blues), to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture when Williams's singular style of poetic dialogue, violence, compassion, and dramatic sexuality was first encountered in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective and lucid insights make this a unique and essential new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. Also included are Williams's essay "The World I Live In" and a chronology of the author's life and works.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 1980, c1947
ISBN: 9780811207652
081120765X
Branch Call Number: 812.54 Willi
Characteristics: 179 p. --

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HMWLibrary2017 Jul 14, 2017

I guess I'm just not a fan of Tennessee Williams. All of his plays are anachronistic and deeply misogynistic. That said, "Streetcar Named Desire" is my favorite because the characters have some small degree of depth and complexity.

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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

A good read. A script that has some imagery.

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re_discover
Oct 04, 2016

This is a play about structural, physical, and psychological violence against women.

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csrestall
May 08, 2016

I guess I just didn't get why everyone is in love with this drama. I am sure it would have been better in play format; however I found the story and conflict dull. There was not much character development and Stella got on my nerves. I read this book as a novel study for one of my students. I am glad that I read it for the academic purposes, I am just not sure if I will be reading it again.

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palaminopony
Sep 05, 2015

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is about Blanche DuBois, a flighty socialite English teacher who moves to New Orleans to live with her sister. While there, Blanche’s nerves begin to deteriorate, especially when her sister figures out that the story Blanche told doesn’t fully add up. As Blanche begins to encounter worse and worse things, her mind and life begin to spiral out of control.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a fantastic play. The plot is interesting and moving, and has no slow moments. The characters though are truly what brings “A Streetcar Named Desire” to life. Blanche is a deeply flawed protagonist, and her story will, at first, evoke feelings of anger, which eventually turn to sympathy. The supporting characters are also important to the story, as they help to drive Blanche’s arc and are some of the main forces behind her mental deterioration. The setting of “A Streetcar Named Desire” is also very important, as the small, two bedroom apartment helps to create a sense of claustrophobia, and also brings to light Blanche’s classist ideas.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “A Streetcar Named Desire”. It is an incredible, lovable play that will tug on any reader and actor/actress’s heartstrings. There is a lot of symbolism and deeper meanings in this play, which makes it a suitable choice for an essay or book talk book. Due to some mature content, the author of this review believes “A Streetcar Named Desire” to be suitable for ages fifteen and up.

Jules_V Jan 30, 2014

The ending just wasn't fair.

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snowball40
Jun 20, 2012

recently read this for a summer reading project for school and I'm glad i picked it. it was an easy read and you felt for Stella and her relationship with Blanche.

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varaidzo89
Dec 13, 2011

Tennessee's best work ever

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kaszelong
Aug 09, 2010

Passionate, haunting...an incredible piece of drama.

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Feb 17, 2017

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csrestall
May 08, 2016

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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csrestall
May 08, 2016

Blanche comes to visit her sister Stella in New Orleans, where she lives with her husband Stanley. It is revealed that Stanley is sometimes violent with Stella and Blanche has lost the childhood property/plantation. This short play covers Blanche's tumble into mental catastrophe.

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