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The Glass Menagerie Lesson Plan

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Tennessee Williams was a master playwright of the twentieth century, and many of his plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, are considered among the finest of the American stage. At their best, his twenty-five full-length plays combined lyrical intensity, haunting loneliness, and hypnotic violence. He is widely considered the greatest Southern playwright and one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American drama.

Born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, he suffered through a difficult and troubling childhood. His father, Cornelius Williams, was a shoe salesman and an emotionally absent parent. He became increasingly...

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