What a Literary Feast Day! Tennessee Williams & Robert Frost Born; F. Scott Fitzgerald's First Novel Published
"I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth that has the appearance of illusion." - Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie
His "real" name was Thomas Lanier Williams, III. But we know him by the nom de plume affixed to the classic American plays that made him famous. Here are snippets from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Night of the Iguana, and a full-length version of The Glass Menagerie, in which a young Sam Waterston channels the young Tennessee Williams in my favorite version of this enduring "memory play."
Robert Frost - Winner of Four Pulitzer Prizes - Reads His Most Famous Poem
F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise
Minnesota-born Fitzgerald was only 23 years old when this novel was published, launching him into the fame, fortune, and eventual self-recrimination that would be chronicled in his later books and stories. This is part one of an audiobook, capably read by Kristin Hughes and posted by Stephen King. The screen is black because the only video will be on the movie monitor of your mind. It's the next best thing to reading it yourself.
TAGS: Writers & Writing, Famous Birthdays
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