Tennessee and Mishima in Conversation



Translated by Mark Oshima


TENNESSEE WILLIAMS and Yukio Mishima talked about their work and work routines in 1959. The conversation was lightly moderated by Williams’ life partner Frank Merlo, whom Mishima refers to as Williams’ “secretary.” Also present was Williams’ friend Donald Richie, who chimes in near the end.

         The discussion was originally published in Geijutsu Shinchō (“Shinchō Arts”), November, Showa 34 (1959). The piece ran under the heading “Geki Sakka no Mita Nihon”(“Japan as Seen by a Playwright”).

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