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A Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions Paperbook) [Kindle Edition]

Tennessee Williams , Arthur Miller
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Lyrical and poetic and human and heartbreaking and memorable and funny.--Francis Ford Coppola


The Pulitzer Prize and Drama Critics Circle Award winning play—reissued with an introduction by Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman and The Crucible), and Williams' essay "The World I Live In."

It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared—57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the '40s and '50s.

Who better than America's elder statesman of the theater, Williams' contemporary Arthur Miller, to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective on Williams' singular style of poetic dialogue, sensitive characters, and dramatic violence makes this a unique and valuable new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. This definitive new edition will also include Williams' essay "The World I Live In," and a brief chronology of the author's life.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Williams's Intense Desire 15. Mai 2000
Tennessee Williams's masterfully written drama explores the extremes of fantasy versus reality, the Old South versus the New South, and primitive desire versus civilized restraint. Its meager 142 page spine is no indication of the complexity and significance that Williams achieves in his remarkable work. A strong aspect of the play is Williams's amazingly vivid portrayal of desperate and forsaken characters who symbolize and presumably resolve his battles between extremes. He created and immortal woman in the character of Blanche DuBois, the haggard and fragile southern beauty whose pathetic last grasp at happiness is cruelly destroyed. She represents fantasy for her many outrageous attempts to elude herself, and she likewise represents the Old South with only her manners and pretentions remaining after the foreclosure of her family's estate. The movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire shot Marlon Brando to fame as Stanley Kowalski, a sweat-shirted barbarian and crudely sensual brother-in-law who precipitated Blanche's tragedy. He symbolizes unrestrained desire with the recurring animal motif that follows him throughout the play. A third major character, Stella Kowalski, acts as mediator between her constantly conflicting husband and older sister. She magnifies the New South in her renounce of the Old pretentions by marrying a blue collar immigrant. Conflicts between these and other vividly colorful characters always in light of the cultural New Orleans backdrop provide a reader with a lasting impression and an awe for Williams's impeccable style and intense dialogue.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen an emotional rollercoaster 9. Juli 2000
It's amazing how much of its original power this play has maintained even though by all accounts it should be dated by now. After all, we have come far, have we not, from the south in those backwards years? Or have we? This was one of the works that we read in my AP English class this year and I was surprised how well a group of 11th graders were able to identify with the sexual tension, the deceptions, the characters and the plot. Blanche's hopeless situation is still quite poignant and Stanley's animal magnetism is something all of them could relate to. After reading the play countless times (and seeing various performances), I can say that this short play packs quite a wallop. Williams fits in a myriad of human emotions into this one short play. If for some reason you missed this one, read it and then rent the movie with Marlon Brando. With memorable characters like Stanley, Stella, Blanch and Mitch who have made their way into our everyday vocubulary, and a sizzling dialogue, it's a lasting work. The movie Body Heat is the closest modern parallel I can think of in terms of setting and mood.
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Elysian Fields in New Orleans, sweaty, sultry, and steaming, embodies the perfect setting for A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a play centering on the themes of desire, domination, and destruction. Blanche DuBois epitomized the fading Southern belle, so obsessed with her aging beauty that she refuses to be seen in the glaring light and invents a "make-believe world" where her values endure. Stanley Kowalski represents the brutish, ape-like animal who thrives on women, alcohol, poker, and bowling. Stella Kowalski portrays the gentle sister and wife, torn between her worship of her husband and her loyalty to her fragile sister, Blanche. The action begins as Blanche arrives unexpectedly at the Kowalski's apartment. Immediately, the reader can observe the sexual tension between Blanche and Stanley. The play focuses on the conflict between these two characters, symbolizing the struggle between the gentility of the old Southern values and the brute force of the new, Northern values and also the battle between the nonconformist and conventional society. These themes so often surfaced in Williams's life that before perusing the play, the reader should scan a biography of Tennessee. The reader would be amazed at the incredible similarity between the family and acquaintances of Williams and the characters in his plays. Also, after finshing the play, the reader should rent the 1951 film version, which won the Best Picture Oscar and showcased vibrant, memorable performances by Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, offering a different, more happy ending to the drama. I highly recommend this play not only for its beautiful prose, but for its lasting presence in written classics and its creation of unforgettable characters to which all can relate. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Belle rêve or cauchemare? 20. Januar 2015
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We were requested to read the play „A streetcar named desire“ (1947) by Tennessee Williams as part of the English curriculum. Coincidentally, I have been already introduced to Williams’ bizarre and unique world by none other than my mother.
A few years back, she found in our quite reasonably-sized library the play I would come to appreciate and fully understand only much later on.
I read it and was fascinated by the extravagance of Lady Blanche DuBois, intimidated by lower-class Stanley Kowalski and as torn between these two contrasting characters as gentle Miss Stella DuBois-Kowalski.
Reading the play many years later again, I discovered it anew with a different perception and love for setting, plot and characters.
We see the development of the group dynamics and how the changes also disturb the relationship between the main characters. It is not a typical love triangle, but rather a fight for dominance, superiority and approval.
While reading, I always had to distinguish between bitter truths and sweet lies, harsh realities and untrue conceptions. Much like Blanche’s view of the world, not acknowledging the cruel and the bad, still living in the past’s glamorous and long since outdated traditions, I also did not come to realize what was happening in the play and what Tennessee Williams’ intentions truly were when reading the book at a younger, more innocent age. Which was probably a good thing.
What came as shocking to me, was the revelation of Blanche’s husband’s true sexuality, or rather the answer to why he’d committed suicide. Thus the state of Blanche’s mind and what drove her to such a distorted perception of reality became clearer to me.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen classic of American theatre
translates well into movie form as well. Williams' best work.
Am 3. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great, Groundbreaking Play
Anybody who cannot appreciate the literary genious of Streetcar, both the brilliant play and the incredible movie version with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, cannot appreciate... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Juni 2000 von Nichole Bauer
5.0 von 5 Sternen streetcar
The new society portrayed through Stanley challenges Blanche and her Old Southern ways. Both of these characters are stubborn in keeping their own traditions, and Williams does a... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen This is the best play I have ever read! Read This Book!
This book is amazing. The inter-relationships are expertly done. Stanley and Blanche's clear hate of each other, and how Stella reacts to that hate -- between two people whom she... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2000 von Matt Alexander,
5.0 von 5 Sternen Such Treasures One Can Find in the Classroom
I have read many plays in my short 18 years of living, ranging from Shakespeare to Ibsen to Wilde, and of course Williams. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. März 2000 von amber
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant
This is an intense play, with poetic dialogue. If you can't comprehend marginal characters, you're going to just be turned off by the characters in this play. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. März 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book I ever read!
I like this play because it's very interesting and full of tension. It contains more or less everything you wane read about (tragedy, sex and crime...). Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 17. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Somebody help please me till sunday!
I need a quite long essay about Blanche's character;how she is at the beginning,how she got crazier by time(the forces acting on her and how she responds),and finally the defeat... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Januar 2000 von fatih
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Wonderful Classic!
This is a wonderful novel! It has a little bit of everything in it. It was very enjoyable reading it. Also, it was very entertaining. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. Januar 2000 von Katie
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