The Glass Menagerie Play By Tennessee Williams (PDF-Online Reading-Download-Summary-Review)


The Glass Menagerie is a Tennessee Williams memorial work that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, with characters based on his author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a script he had written under the title The Gentleman Caller.

Book Details

Originally published: 1944
Characters: Amanda Wingfield; Tom Wingfield; Laura Wingfield; Jim O'Connor; Mr. Wingfield
Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Genre: Memory play
Adaptations: The Glass Menagerie (1987)


No play in modern theater has captured the imagination and hearts of American audiences as much as Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. As Williams' first popular hit, it launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career of our leading lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor as Amanda, Menagerie has been the piece of bravery for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, studied and performed in classrooms and theaters around the world.


The revolutionary novelty of The Glass Menagerie. . . it was in its poetic elevation, but a harsh underlying dramatic structure was what earned the work its right to sing poetically.

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