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Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh Hardcover – September 22, 2014

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“Offers plenty of backstage anecdotes and high private drama…. But Mr. Lahr, ever the critic, keeps the plays themselves front and center…. The book has already won enthusiastic advance notice…along with blurbs from a kick line of A-list ‘theatricals’ including Helen Mirren, John Guare and Tony Kushner.”
- Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times

“Scintillating on the backstage and bedroom dramas and almost intrusively perceptive on the autobiographical nature of Williams’ art.”
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

“Intricately detailed… gripping.”
- Janet Maslin, New York Times

“A masterpiece.”
- Hilton Als, New Yorker

“A crucial contribution to the arguments that should always rage around a man who was one of the greatest American playwrights of his tempestuous century.”
- Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Raises the curtain on Tennessee Williams.”
- Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair

“This is by far the best book ever written about America's greatest playwright. John Lahr, the longtime drama critic for the New Yorker, knows his way around Broadway better than anyone. He is a witty and elegant stylist, a scrupulous researcher, a passionate yet canny advocate… He brings us as close to Williams as we are ever likely to get.”
- J.D. McClatchy, Wall Street Journal

“There is only one word for this biography: superb.”
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Brilliant… [Lahr’s] achievement is not likely to be surpassed.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Could this be the best theater book I've ever read? It just might be. Tennessee Williams had two great pieces of luck: Elia Kazan to direct his work and now John Lahr to make thrilling sense of his life.”
- John Guare, author of Six Degrees of Separation

About the Author

National Book Award finalist John Lahr is the author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, among other books. He was the senior drama critic of The New Yorker for over two decades. He has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and is the first critic ever to win a Tony Award (coauthor, Elaine Stritch at Liberty).

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