Tennessee Williams Autograph

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Autograph letter signed, three pages (on two sheets), 4 x 6 inch, Key West (Florida), 9.06.1971, reply-letter to "Michael" - inter alia concerning Tom Swift* books, written and signed in blue ballpoint ink "Tennessee", with two horizontal mailing folds - in nearly very fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned photographs of Tennessee Williams.

"Dear Michael -
are you any kin to my old friend Tom, you know the one in the boys` books who was always into something gloriously adventurous - flying machine, submarine etc.?
   You probably are too young to dig the allusion, the `Tom Swift` books belonged to my generation of pre-adolescents.
   I asked myself as I read your letter `is he kidding, he has got to be kidding` but when you mentioned Maggie Leeghton in the Fraulein, I thought maybe not.
   In any case, I can take and have taken a lot of kidding, especially from the young - who are usually more agreeable to me than my contemporaries.
   You wrote a good deal, seriously or not, about me.
Now write me a bit about you-seriously.

* Tom Swift is the main character of six series of American juvenile science fiction and adventure novels that emphasize science, invention, and technology. Inaugurated in 1910, the sequence of series comprises more than 100 volumes.

Further Information on the person

(1911-1983) American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theater

Year of Birth: 1911

Biography (AI generated)

Tennessee Williams, born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, was an American playwright and screenwriter. He is best known for his works such as "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Glass Menagerie," and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Williams' father, Cornelius Coffin Williams, was a traveling salesman, which resulted in the family frequently moving around the South during Williams' childhood. This nomadic lifestyle had a profound impact on Williams, influencing many of the themes and characters in his later works.

After attending the University of Missouri, Williams moved to New Orleans where he changed his name to Tennessee, after his father's home state. It was in New Orleans that Williams began writing plays and honing his craft as a playwright.

Williams' breakthrough came in 1945 with the production of "The Glass Menagerie," which was both a critical and commercial success. This was followed by the even more successful "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1947, which won Williams his first Pulitzer Prize.

Throughout his career, Williams continued to write plays that delved into themes of desire, loneliness, and mental illness. He often drew from his own struggles with depression and substance abuse in his work, creating complex and memorable characters.

Williams' legacy as one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century remains strong, with his works continuing to be performed around the world to this day. His unique voice and exploration of the human condition have solidified his place in the pantheon of literary greats.

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