Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams Book Summary and Study Guide

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Leverich deals with the early life of Tennessee Williams up to 1945 and his success with "The Glass Menagerie." He describes the problems with his family life, a domineering father, an over protective mother, and a sister with mental problems. He also discusses Williams' problems with his sexual orientation. Very early in his life, Williams discovered his writing talent, and used it as a way to escape from the limitations of his life at home. Much of the material for "The Glass Menagerie" seems to have come from his relations with his mother and sister.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   gay guy Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot 11-15 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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