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A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin Modern Classics)

A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Language English
Contributor(s) Tennessee Williams, E. Browne, Arthur Miller
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Overview: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by Tennessee Williams, which thanks to its rich storytelling and complex characters became the epitome of modern American drama. Blanche DuBois is a fading Southerner who moves to Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans to live with her sister Stella after being granted leave from the school where she works as a teacher. The sudden transition from her well-to-do life to the working class neighbourhood with its crass inhabitants and constant banter bothers Blanche to the core. While Stella is thrilled by the idea of her sister living with them, her brash husband, Stanley Kovalski takes an immediate dislike towards Blanche, causing constant frictions in the form of heated arguments and verbal abuse.

The plot thickens later on as Stanley discovers Blanche's sordid affair and loss of Belle Reve, the plantation on which Stella and Blanche grew up. This creates another series of verbal assaults that crumble Blanche's grip over reality. The play also sheds light on Stanley and Stella's sensuous relationship, which is upset by Blanche's arrival. As Blanche hides her own demons from her sister and her family, she puts up a surrealistic facade that drives her to the very edge of sanity. Exploring complex themes like rape, homosexuality and alcoholism, A Streetcar Named Desire succeeds in showing a mirror to the contemporary society and bursting the bubble of pretentiousness.

Counted among some of the finest works of the 20th century, A Streetcar Named Desire explores psychological complexities and raw human emotions in their most vulnerable forms. This play won a Pulitzer prize as well as the Drama Critics Circle Award, bringing profound fame to Tennessee Williams, along with other plays such as The Glass Menagerie and The Rose Tattoo, which forever go down in public memory as works of literary masterpieces. Available in paperback, A Streetcar Named Desire is published by Penguin UK and has an ISBN 10 number of 0141190272, and an ISBN 13 number of 9780141190273. So shop for this book online and enjoy the very best of classic literature.

Features: A Streetcar Named Desire

  • Drama
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date March 5, 2009
Publisher Penguin UK
Contributor(s) Tennessee Williams, E. Browne, Arthur Miller
Binding Paperback
Page Count 128
ISBN 10 0141190272
ISBN 13 9780141190273
Dimensions and Weight
Product Weight 90.7 grams
Product Dimensions 19.3 cm x 12.7 cm x 1 cm
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  1.  Excellent Novel- A Must Read 31 July, 2012 On
    A wonderful if tragic story a woman's attempts to hold on to the past as the harsh, brutal "New" American society slowly crushes her delicate and fragile soul. It is one of my favorite, not only for the plot and characters-but the hidden analytical elements tactically interwoven by Williams.
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