A master playwright remembered

Today is the birthday of Tennesse Williams who was born Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911. Williams had a very unhappy childhood and dropped out of college continued to write. He eventally returned to college in Iowa where his first plays were performed and were resounding successes. His work is characterized by smoldering emotion, either expressed or just beneath the suface. He also wrote screenplays, novels, short stories, and a book of poetry. His play, A Streetcar Named Desire was recently produced by the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea and got rave reviews.