Michael Paller: Gentlemen Callers
USA 2005, 269 pp., cloth, € 24.30Kostenloser Versand innerhalb Europas.
The author examines Tennessee Williams's plays from the 1940s through the 1980s against the backdrop of the playwright's life story and the culture in which he worked, providing fresh details. Through this lens the author examines the evolution of mid-20th-century America's acknowledgement and acceptance of homosexuality. From the early one-act »Auto-da-Fé« and »The Glass Menagerie« through »Small Craft Warnings« and »Something Cloudy, Something Clear«, this book investigates how Williams's earliest critics marginalized or ignored his gay characters and why, beginning in the 1970s, many gay liberationists reviled them. Mythology surrounding Williams - that he was an innately tragic, self-loathing homosexual - are being shattered in this book.