"Would you mind running out and getting us a couple of tamales?"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:
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- The Glass Menagerie
- The Rose Tattoo
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Suddenly, Last Summer
Tropes in the works of Tennessee Williams:
- Disowned Adaptation: Happened to Williams a lot. Many of Williams' plays dealt directly with themes of homosexuality, which could not be so much as hinted at under The Hays Code of The Golden Age of Hollywood. Williams famously stood outside a theater showing Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and told would-be moviegoers to go home.
- Film of the Book: Or rather film of the play.
- He himself adapted 27 Pounds of Cotton into the film Baby Doll.
- 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.