|Articles and Letters|
The following exerpt is from an article in 2007 by Anna Ferguson, Staff
Writer for the Gwinnett Daily Post in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The
article stated that Mississippi was the birthplace of many creative
legends. These included the birthplace of rock (Elvis Presley), the
birthplace of the blues (B.B. King), the birthplace of childhood pals
(Muppet creator Jim Henson), the birthplace of American fiction (William
Faulkner), and the birthplace of Southern drama (Tennessee Williams).
The paragraph of Tennessee Williams read as follows:
Don't let his name fool you: Tennessee Williams was indeed born in Mississippi. Cited as one of America's most important playwrights, Williams was born as Thomas Lanier Williams in 1911 in Columbus, Miss. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Williams is best known for his plays "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "The Glass Menagerie," and he also penned an array of other works, including poetry, novels and short stories. Literary-minded tourists can visit Columbus to view Williams' first home, an old Victorian house that was the rectory for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where his grandfather, the Rev. Walker Dakin, served. In 1993, the home was in danger of being torn down to make room for a church expansion, but an effort to preserve this historic landmark proved successful. The yellow-and-blue gingerbread home was loaded onto flatbed trailers and taken to Main Street, where it was restored and now serves as the official Welcome Center for Columbus. The center is open to the public year-round, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-328-0222 or visit www.columbus-ms.org.
The following is a letter to the editor of the Commercial Dispatch following the 2007 Tennessee Williams Tribute.
From: Melody Vydas
We enjoyed the one-act plays presented at the Tennessee Williams Tribute. Through the director's (David Kaplan) pre-performance commentary, we learned that some of Williams' later dramatic compositions had not been published and were infrequently presented to the public. Tennessee Williams' creative forces and explorations of the human condition were not limited to his earlier well-known plays. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to bring us Tennessee Williams' challenging later plays.
Saul and Melody Vydas