|Plot Summary of Memoirs|
|"Williams talks about his Mississippi childhood and his youth and early manhood in St. Louis. Some of what happened in St. Louis was useful in the construction of his first great dramatic success, The Glass Menagerie. He tells how there was no money for him to go to college, until his grand parents came through with a thousand dollars in time for him to enter the University of Missouri.
He talks about his homosexuality, his alcoholism and his addictions to pills which eventually led to a hospital stay from which he was released in 1970. A goods deal of the book concerns the wide variety of writers, actors and other notables that he has known and befriended throughout his life: William Inge, Elia Kazan, Paul Bowles, Anna Magnani, Maureen Stapleton and many others.
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Memoirs|
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Taboo Sex Story?
Kind of sex:
- gay guy
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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