Tennessee Williams’ BFF



My Friend TomMy Friend Tom:  The Poet-Playwright
Tennessee Williams

by William Jay Smith
University Press of Mississippi. 192 pages, $28.


MORE A SERIES of set pieces than a traditional biography, this is a heartfelt, well-written collection of reminiscences by one of Tennessee Williams’ college friends, William Jay Smith. Smith went on to hold the post of poet laureate of the U. S. from 1968-1970, having written dozens of books of poetry and translations, as well as his own memoirs.

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