A young Tennessee Williams listened as the doctor diagnosed him with diphtheria, a disease that kept him housebound for months. Since he couldn't play outside with the other boys, his mother told him to read and write stories. Who knew that those stories would develop into poetic expressions never heard before on the American stage. Williams' cinematic and lyrical style reached its height in The Glass Menagerie, which premiered in Chicago in 1944. Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Williams and the plays he wrote. Read Williams in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!