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Tennessee Williams Annual Review 2023

published by The Historic New Orleans Collection
softcover • 6" × 9" • 132 pp. • $15
6 color images
ISSN 1097-6035 • ISBN 978-0-917860-90-4

“I shall write today all day in an effort to forget the nervousness which has come on me during the night. Perhaps it is a good thing because for days, even weeks, I’ve been horribly idle, doing practically nothing. Now I feel a new story working itself out. . . .”

 —Tennessee Williams, notebook entry, July 30, 1936

In 1936, a 26-year-old virgin named Tom Williams began a story that emerged in 1943 as a worldly tale by “Tennessee”—but that then vanished. Discovered 80 years later, “The Lost Girl” makes its print debut in the 2023 issue of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review. Essays link the exciting find to milestones in Williams’s life, use filth and silent action as interpretive lenses on his plays, and reevaluate the first onstage interpretation of Blanche DuBois in Japan. Reviews investigate provocative new stage productions, feature photographs from a groundbreaking reimagining of A Streetcar Named Desire at Paris’s famed Comédie-Française, and introduce a collection of stories recently unearthed from the Williams archives.

Founded in 1998, the Tennessee Williams Annual Review remains the only regularly published journal devoted to Williams’s works, influence, and cultural context. Many issues showcase a previously unpublished work by Williams. Submission guidelines and back issues are available at tennesseewilliamsstudies.org.

 Cover image: Françoise Gillard as Stella in Un tramway nommé Désir (Paris, 2011). Photo by Cosimo Mirco Magliocca.