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MemoirsTennessee Williams: Memoirs
New Directions Books
368 pages, $15.95 (paper)


TENNESSEE WILLIAMS DIED just when AIDS was starting to explode (1983)—eight years after his Memoirs were published (1975), to more than one hostile review from a critic offended by the frank sexuality of the text. ( “If he has not exactly opened his heart,” went one notice, “he has opened his fly.”) Now New Directions is republishing them with an introduction by John Waters and an afterword by Allean Heale.

Parts of the memoirs occur during the New York run of Williams’ play Small Craft Warnings—a production whose life he extended by acting in it.

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