Draft of Unfinished Tennessee Williams Play Uncovered

By on September 6, 2014


A never before read draft of an unfinished play from “The Glass Menagerie” playwright, Tennessee Williams, has been recovered more than 30 years after his death.

The first ten pages of the work were uncovered in an archive by Gerri Kimber. Reportedly, the unfinished play is about another famous writer, the English novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda as well as the New Zealand expatriate short story writer Katherine Mansfield and her husband John Middleton Murr. The play is set during World War 1. The first act is titled “The Night of the Zeppelin” and depicts the four characters in a London apartment during one of the frequent air raids.

Williams was a prolific playwright, with his most famous for his work “A Streetcar Named Desire” being adapted several times into films and Broadway plays. Most recently Woody Allen adapted the story in 2013 as the basis for his film, Blue Jasmine.

The entirety of the first draft of the work will be published by Katherine Mansfield Studies sometime in 2015.

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