Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams © Bruce Paulson

Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911–February 25, 1983), better known by the pen name Tennessee Williams, was a major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century. The name “Tennessee” was a name given to him by college friends because of his southern accent and his father’s background in Tennessee. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in 1948 and for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF in 1955. In addition to those two plays, THE GLASS MENAGERIE in 1945 and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA in 1961 received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards. His 1952 play THE ROSE TATTOO (dedicated to his partner, Frank Merlo), received the Tony Award for best play.