One of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams is known for his sensitive characterizations, poetic yet realistic writing, ironic humor, and depiction of harsh realities in human relationships. Williams drew on his own troubled early life to depict the loneliness, fear, and sexual anxiety of such memorable characters as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski. His work is frequently included in high school and college curricula, and his plays are still produced today. Critical Companion to Tennessee Williams includes entries on all of Tennessee Williams's major and most minor works, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menageric, a novel, a collection of short stories, two poetry collections, and personal essays; places and events related to his works; major figures in his life; his literary influences; and issues in Williams scholarship and criticism. Appendixes include a complete list of Williams's works; a list of research libraries with significant Williams holdings; and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
Alycia Smith-Howard holds a Ph.D. from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and is assistant professor at the Gallatin School at New York University. She is also the artistic director of the Gallatin Arts Festival. Greta Heintzelman holds advanced degrees from Trinity College and Long Island University. She is currently a reference librarian at the Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is also a professional dramaturge, archivist, and freelance writer.