Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh - John Lahr
In The New Yorker writer John Lahr’s stunning biography, Williams comes across as a more dramatic figure than the characters he created for the stage. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W.W. Norton, $39.95) is the story of a man haunted by his sexuality, by his bruised but not-yet-broken family, and by the raucous decades that inspired what are arguably the greatest works in American theater. Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh doesn’t just present the scintillating details of Williams’s many affairs and lifelong heartbreaks, Lahr also conveys how physically taxing it was on the playwright to be ignored for the first half of his career. From the groundbreaking The Glass Menagerie to the filming of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lahr diligently and eloquently chronicles Williams’s struggles to create, to gain recognition, and to find personal happiness.