Creator / Tennessee Williams

"Would you mind running out and getting us a couple of tamales?"
— To Che Guevara during a visit to Cuba.

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 February 25, 1983) was an American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theater. He also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs. His professional career lasted from the mid-1930s until his death in 1983, and saw the creation of many plays that are regarded as classics of the American stage. Williams adapted much of his best-known work for the cinema.

His work includes:

Tropes in the works of Tennessee Williams:

  • Film of the Book: Or rather film of the play.
    • He himself adapted 27 Pounds of Cotton into the film Baby Doll.
  • Gayngst and Gayngst-Induced Suicide: Much of the anguish motivating the protagonists of his two most famous plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof revolves around gay men who commit suicide.
  • My Beloved Smother: Several plays feature matriarchs with their thumbs firmly on their children, most notably The Glass Menagerie, The Rose Tattoo, and Suddenly, Last Summer.
  • Southern Gothic: A feature of many of Williams' works, which often include explicitly Southern settings, madness, oppressive family dynamics, repressed sexuality, and dark secrets.