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Two of Tennessee Williams's most revered dramas in a single paperback edition for the first time.
Orpheus Descending is a love story, a plea for spiritual and artistic freedom, as well as a portrait of racism and intolerance. When charismatic drifter Valentine Xavier arrives in a Mississippi Delta town with his guitar and snakeskin jacket, he becomes a trigger for hatred and a magnet for three outcast souls: storekeeper Lady Torrance, �lewd vagrant� Carol Cutrere, and religious visionary Vee Talbot.
Suddenly Last Summer, described by its author as a �short morality play,� has become one of his most notorious works due in no small part to the film version starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift that shocked audiences in 1959. A menacing tale of madness, jealousy, and denial,the horrors in Suddenly Last Summer build to a heart-stopping conclusion.
With perceptive new introductions by playwright Martin Sherman � he reframes Orpheus Descending in a political context and explores the psychology and sensationalism surrounding Suddenly Last Summer � this volume also offers Williams�s related essay, �The Past, the Present, and the Perhaps,� and a chronology of the playwright�s life and works.