The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

No play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. Menagerie was Williams's first popular success and launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, the play has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by prominent Williams scholar Robert Bray, editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award: "More than fifty years after telling his story of a family whose lives form a triangle of quiet desperation, Williams's mellifluous voice still resonates deeply and universally." This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williams's essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, "The Catastrophe of Success," as well as a short section of Williams's own "Production Notes." The cover features the classic line drawing by Alvin Lustig, originally done for the 1949 New Directions edition.

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The 2000th greatest fiction book of all time

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The Glass Menagerie Publisher: New Directions; Reprint edition Paperback 1488151 $13.88 $1.82
The Glass Menagerie CD Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition Audio CD 5164594 $19.47 $11.19
The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Books) Kindle Edition 67990 1999
The "Glass Menagerie" (Student Editions) Paperback 3534638 $55.72 $0.01 2000
The Glass Menagerie (Heinemann Plays for 14-16+) Hardcover 2238319 $13.83 $0.86 1996
Glass Menagerie Audio Cassette 3709725 $5.93 $0.87 1991
The Glass Menagerie 1st Edition Hardcover 6356563 $125.00
The Glass Menagerie CD Audio CD 1705675 $19.38 $4.39 2000
THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Hardcover 4895649 $55.00 $75.00
By Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie: The Deluxe Centennial Edition (Deluxe) Hardcover 5483685 $56.38 $38.01 2011
The Glass Menagerie Audible Audiobook 56378 $4.28 2020
The Glass Menagerie (Bloom's Guides (Hardcover)) Library Binding 1742086 $19.99 $5.00 2006
The Glass Menagerie (Bloom's Guides) Kindle Edition 2109917 2006
The Glass Menagerie (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 470926 $11.00 $0.01 1987
The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Books) Hardcover 4994814 $11.13 $5.00 1999
The Glass Menagerie: The Deluxe Centennial Edition Hardcover 211584 $15.80 $0.01 2011
The Glass Menagerie: A BBC Radio 3 Full-Cast Production Audible Audiobook 22278 $17.17 2019
The Glass Menagerie (Modern Classics (Penguin)) Paperback 794552 $11.57 $1.66 2009
The Glass Menagerie Kindle Edition 133391 2018
The Glass Menagerie Paperback 11442 $2.99 $0.01 1999
Essential Tennessee Williams CD: Excerpts from The Glass Menagerie and poems (Caedmon Essentials) Audio CD 184570 $5.18 $3.79 2007
The Theatre of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 1: Battle of Angels / The Glass Menagerie / A Streetcar Named Desire Paperback 522058 $10.98 $1.05 1990
The Glass Menagerie: York Notes Advanced Paperback 1229867 $7.20 $1.47 2003
The Glass Menagerie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (New Directions Books) School & Library Binding 1534273 $14.08 $6.52 1999
The Glass Menagerie Hardcover 4277199 $36.99
The Glass Menagerie (New Classics Series) Paperback 1595703 $4.70 $0.01 1970
The Glass Menagerie Kindle Edition 381399 $2.99 2021
The Glass Menagerie (Second High School Edition) Paperback 1251440 $8.50 $8.31 2019
Spark Notes: The Glass Menagerie Paperback 1036143 $9.99 $0.01 2002
The Glass Menagerie (Signet) Mass Market Paperback 3953214 $37.95 $0.01 1987
(THE GLASS MENAGERIE) BY Williams, Tennessee Paperback{The Glass Menagerie} Paperback 657899 $16.76 $5.59 1999
The Glass Menagerie (MCI) (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) Hardcover 3875476 $54.73 $0.01