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The Glass Menagerie: Research

Biography ­ Tennessee Williams

"[He was] born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911. His father, Cornelius Williams, was a shoe
salesman and an emotionally absent parent. He became increasingly abusive as the Williams children
grew older. His mother, Edwina, was the daughter of a Southern…

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The sixties brought hard times for Tennessee Williams. He had become dependent on drugs, and the
problem only grew worse after the death of Frank Merlo in 1961. Merlo's death from lung cancer
sent Williams into a deep depression that lasted ten years. Williams was also insecure about his work,…

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Jazz was still the popular form of music, but it advanced into Big Bands, jazz orchestras that played in
a ballroom while people would dance to them. The bleak economic situation closed the gap between
high and pop culture.

World Wide Political Climate

The world was facing a tense time.…

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