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A House Not Meant to Stand by Tennessee Williams

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By Tennessee Williams

Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, go back domestic one middle of the night in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral in their older son to a home and a lifestyles actually falling apart--daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their more youthful son Charlie is upstairs having intercourse along with his pregnant, holy-roller female friend because the McCorkles input. Cornelius, who has political targets and a litany of illnesses, is making an attempt to discover a large number of moonshine cash his mild spouse Bella has hidden someplace of their collapsing apartment, yet his noisy efforts are disrupted by way of a move of outstanding characters, either residing and dead.

While Williams frequently used drama to show wish and desperation in human hearts, it used to be via this darkish, expressionistic comedy, which he known as a "Southern gothic spook sonata," that he was once most sensible in a position to chronicle his imaginative and prescient of the delicate country of our international.

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My lover sleeps. And then a few lines further on: I see the silver arrow of the dawn on the heels of the night. Hail, Dawn! I salute you! Hail, rising sun! Hail Ever-Conquering Worm That Eats All But The Sky! For a less florid effort, “Sonnets for the Spring,” Tom received first prize in a poetry contest at the Wednesday Club. The award was presented to him on his birthday, March 26, 1936, in the same auditorium where Candles to the Sun would appear almost exactly a year later. It had been established in 1925 by the celebrated poet Sara Teasdale, whom Tom greatly admired.

Shortly after completing the story he accompanied Rose downtown to the movies at the Loew’s State Theater and on the way back home in a service car he became increasingly tense and had the driver stop at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. At the emergency entrance he convinced the hospital employees that he was having a heart attack. Rose called Edwina to say that he had had a stroke, which was not the case. The doctor who examined him said he was underweight and suffering from complete exhaustion.

They did not realize they would be expected to master a craft and a whole range of newspaper functions. Tom’s first assignment was that of reporting the cost of local produce and listing the prices of light and heavy hens, sour cream, eggs, and geese, which left him little time for creative writing. The next beat was even worse because he was told to write an obituary. “Well, I went to the house where the death had occurred,” he said later. “There was all this squalling going on, and it was not a pleasant place to be.

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