Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

John Lahr, read by Elizabeth Ashley. Brilliance Audio, , unabridged, 22 CDs, 27 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4915-1970-7
In this exhaustive biography of Tennessee Williams, Lahr presents the life of the legendary playwright, warts and all, in enthralling detail, tracing him from his early life in a troubled Mississippi family (which gave him plenty of fodder for his plays), to his almost overnight success with The Glass Menagerie, to his death in 1983. The book also paints a fascinating picture of the theater world during Williams’s time, populated with such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Bette Davis, and others. Reader Ashley is a Tony Award–nominated actress who portrayed Maggie in the 1974 Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and was also a longtime friend of Williams. She reads Lahr’s book in a southern accent, perfectly infused with bourbon and cigarettes, and though her rendering of the expository passages is perfunctory, she shines when quoting Williams and his friends, lovers, and colleagues. A Norton hardcover. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 11/24/2014
Release date: 09/01/2014
Genre: Audio
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