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SIGNET
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INTR ODU CTIO N
On A Streetcar Nam ed Suc cess ·
by
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
(This essay appeared in The New York Times
Drama Section, November 30, 1947- four
days before the New York opening of
A Streetcar Named Desire.)
Sometime this month I will observe the third anniversary of
the Chicago opening of ' "The Glass Menagerie," an event
which terminated one part of my life
and began another about
as different in all external circumstauces as could be well
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IN'I'R ODU O'l'IO N
IN'I'R ODU O'l'IO N
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INTBODUOTION
forged In a white-hot furnace for the pulpose of conflict (the
struggle of creation) and that with the conflict removed, the
man is a sword cutting daisies, that not privation hut luxury is
the wolf at the door and that the fangs of this wolf are all the
little vanities and conceits and laxities that Success is heir to-- A Streetcar Named Desire was presented at the Barrymore
why, then with this knowledge you are at least in a position Theatre in New York…read more

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SCENE ONE ·
The exterior 0/ a two-stOTy comer building on a street in
New Orleans whiCh is named Elysian Fields and runs be-
tween the L & N tracks and the river. The section is poor
but, unlike corresponding sections in other American cities,
it has a raffish charm. The houses are mostly white frame,
weathered grey, with rickety outside stairs and galleries and
quaintly ornamented gables. This building contains two flats,
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SOENE ONE SOENE ONE
woman, about twenty-five, and of a background obviously carrying a va/ise. She looks at a slip of paper, then at the
quite different from her husband's.] building, then again at the· slip and again at the bui/ding.
STELLA [mildly]: Her expression is one 0/ shocked disbelief. Her appearance
Don't holler at me like that. Hi, Mitch. is Incongruous to this setting.…read more

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SOENE ONE
SCENE ONE
BLANCHE:
This---<:an this be-her home? [Twl> rooms can be seen, not too clearly defined. The one
first entered is primarily a kitchen but contains a folding
EUNICE:
bed to be used by Blanche. The room beyond this is a bed-
She's got the downstairs here and I got the up. rol>m. Off this room is a narrow door tl> a bathrol>m.] _
BLANCHE:
EUNICE [defensively, noticing Blanche's look]:
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BOEN E ONE 80EN E O N E
BLANCHE:
Stella, . no, no, no, not till later, not till I've bathed and
If you will excuse me: rm just about to drop. rested I And turn that over-light off! Tum that offl I won't
EUNICE : be looked at in this merciless glare! [Stella laughs and com-
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SOENE ONE SOENE ONE
honestly critical about itt Never, never, never In my wont asked me how I happened to get away from the school be-
dreams could I picture-Ouly Poel Only Mr. Edgar Allan fore the spring term ended.
Poel-could do it justicel Out there I suppose is the ghoul- STELLA: -
haunted woodland of Weirl [She laughs.] Well, I -
thought you'd volunteer that information-if you
SrBLLA: wanted to tell me.
No, honey, those IU'C the L & N tracks.…read more

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