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A Streetcar
Named Desire
BY TENNESSEE WIT..LIAMS
With aD IntroducUOD by the Author




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A SIGNET BOOK

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SIGNET
Published by the Penguin Group
Penguin Putnam Inc., 375 Hudson Street,
New York. New York 10014, U.s.A.
Penguin Books Ltd. 27 Wrights Lane.
London W8 STZ, England
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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…

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IN'I'R ODU O'l'IO N
IN'I'R ODU O'l'IO N
ment. Tomor row mornin g I will wake up in this first-class This curious condition persisted about three mon~ till late
hotel suite above · the discreet hum of an East Side boulevard spring, when 1 decid~ to have anothe r eye…

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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