Tennessee: Cry of the Heart

ISBN: 0385191367
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. "Here...is a gratifying and provocative portrait of an artist, as (Dotson) Rader interweaves his own sharp observations with Williams' reminiscences of an extraordinary life and career...Through hundreds of anecdotes involving the playwright's celebrated friends and acquaintances...Rader presents Williams as a man of immense appeal and great complexity whose famous sense of humor and self-deprecation shine through...Dotson Rader saw Tennessee Williams at his best and at his worst. And this unique relationship provides an insight into character that takes this book beyond biographical narrative; it is much more intimate, and, therefore, much more rewarding." (from front & rear flaps) Subtitled An Intimate Memoir of Tennessee Williams, this is a fascinating & highly enjoyable remembrance of the iconic playwright during his later years, by his close friend from 1969 until his death in 1983- Dotson Rader, the acclaimed writer who first described the underground & counterculture from a distinctly disillusioned perspective & has long since been a member of the mainstream. Written in a back-&-forth style dizzyingly rich in observations & quotes, this is an unforgettable portrait of the archetypal tormented literary artiste who created immortal classics of empathy & poetic language. First edition as stated on copyright page. A most entertaining & thoughtful production, & an important Williams-Rader collectible. Book in very fine, nearly mint condition with only two tiny spot-marks at spine & side edges of upper edge of text block; many tiny purple spots at lower edge of same which we believe are probably as issued. Interior very fine, substantially mint. Dust jacket (unclipped) in fine condition with only mild rubbing & scratching to surfaces of front, back cover & spine; minor wear & miniscule bumps at edges & corners of same; one short, vertical closed tear at near-upper right edge of back cover; a bit of browning at upper & lower edges including flaps. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #3149]

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