David Roessel

Mister Paradise
  • Mister Paradise

  • The greatest playwright of the American South, Tennessee Williams used his talent throughout his life to create brief plays exploring many of the themes that dominated his best-known works. Here, thirteen never-before-published one-act dramas reveal some of his most poignant and hilarious characters. From the indefatigable, witty and tough drag queens of And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens to the disheartened poet Mister Paradise, and the extravagant mistress in The Pink Bedroom, these are tales of isolated figures struggling against a cruel world, who refuse to lose sight of their dreams.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was one of the most prominent playwrights in United States after World War II. Williams's major play, A Streetcal Named Desire (1947), won a Pulitzer Prize, and established him as an major American dramatist. Williams received a Pulitzer Prize also for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1955), about the moral decay of a Southern family.