The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

by New Directions

Paperback(Second High School Edition)

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Performed in classrooms and theaters around the world,Tennessee Williams's celebrated play is now available in a special high school edition with a teaching guide by Kate Walker

No play in the modern theater has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. Since its premier in Chicago in 1944, Menagerie has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Laurette Taylor to Jessica Tandy and Joanne Woodward, and it is studied and performed in classrooms and theaters around the world. The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available with an introduction by Robert Bray, which reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This edition also includes Williams's essay "The Catastrophe of Success," on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, as well as short section of Williams's own production notes and a special guide to the play for students, prepared by Kate Walker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811227308
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Edition description: Second High School Edition
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

America's greatest playwright, Tennessee Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes, three New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, and a Tony Award. Robert Bray is the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review and the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. Kate Walker is a National Board Certified teacher with a Masters in English from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Education from the Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

Introduction Robert Bray 1

The Glass Menagerie

The Characters 11

Cast Listing and Scene 12

Author's Production Notes 13

The Glass Menagerie 17

"The Catastrophe of Success," an essay by Tennessee Williams 97

High School Guide to "The Glass Menagerie"

About the High School Guide 105

Before Reading

A Discussion of the Introduction by Robert Bray 107

Timeline of Tennessee Williams's Life 109

"The Author Tells Why it Is Called The Glass Menagerie" 113

Cultural Context for The Glass Menagerie 115

Pre-Reading Activities 119

Reading the Play 121

After Reading

End of the Play Discussion Questions & Writing Prompts 135

Critical Reviews/Commentary 137

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