Tennessee Williams

1911 (Columbus, Miss.) – 1983 (New York)

Williams was one of the great 20th-century American playwrights. He was taught by Piscator, corresponded sympathetically with O’Neill, and met Fidel Castro together with Hemingway, whom he admired. He had an intense collaborative relationship with Kazan, strong friendships with McCullers, Albee and Jane Bowles, and had his apartment designed by his close friend Smith. Bernstein introduced him to all-male Saturday night dances in Mexico, Yevtushenko left him to pay his huge wine bill, while Isherwood, who had taken a monastic vow of abstinence, allowed that he (Isherwood) could still be a passive sex partner — thus their friendship was cemented.

Tennessee Williams knew…