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Left Bank Books and Tennessee Williams Festival - St. Louis welcomes St. Louis author Henry Schvey, who will discuss his new biography of Tennessee Williams, Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams, on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on June 24. Schvey will be in conversation with St. Louis' esteemed former journalist Robert Duffy. Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of Blue Song from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! About Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams In 2011, the centennial of Tennessee Williams's birth, events were held around the world honoring America's greatest playwright. There were festivals, conferences, and exhibitions held in places closely associated with Williams's life and career--New Orleans held major celebrations, as did New York, Key West, and Provincetown. But absolutely nothing was done to celebrate Williams's life and extraordinary literary and theatrical career in the place that he lived in longest, and called home longer than any other--St. Louis, Missouri. The question of this paradox lies at the heart of this book, an attempt not so much to correct the record about Williams's well-chronicled dislike of the city, but rather to reveal how the city was absolutely indispensable to his formation and development both as a person and artist. Unlike the prevailing scholarly narrative that suggests that Williams discovered himself artistically and sexually in the deep South and New Orleans, Blue Song reveals that Williams remained emotionally tethered to St. Louis for a host of reasons for the rest of his life. "When Tennessee Williams was asked what brought him to New Orleans, he said 'St Louis'. In this eminently readable and exhaustively researched study, Henry Schvey deftly swivels the spotlight illuminating the work of Tennessee Williams from the freedom of New Orleans which is typically heralded as the source of his greatness and shines
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