A rare talent born out of familial strife and sadness

A rare talent born out of familial strife and sadness

When The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway in 1945, the actors received 24 curtain calls and the audience shouted out for the author to join them on stage. Williams had been waiting more than a decade for success.

His theatrical debut, Battle of Angels, which he wrote just after graduating from Iowa University’s prestigious drama school, was a controversial flop in Boston when it opened there in 1940, with hopes of a Broadway transfer. With just a...

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