In October 2011, Washington University celebrated the centennial of Washington University alumnus, Thomas Lanier ("Tennessee") Williams's birth. As part of a program of events to commemorate the artist, Arts & Sciences recorded an interview with Henry Schvey, professor of drama and comparative literature. Though Williams failed Greek, came fourth in a playwriting contest and eventually left in disgust to complete his undergraduate studies elsewhere, Schvey contends that his “lost year” at Washington University was pivotal and helped him develop the crucial tools that would later make him a world-class writer.
This 12-minute video includes scenes from Schvey's interview, a lecture by the professor about Williams' life along with images and audio of the playwright reading from his work.
Henry Schvey, “Getting the Colored Lights Going: Expressionism in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire,” in Critical Insights: Tennessee Williams, ed. Brenda Murphy (Salem Press, 2011), p. 58-79.
Henry Schvey, “The Tragic Poetics of Tennessee Williams,” Études Anglaises: Tennessee Williams 61, no. 1 (January-March 2011).
Henry Schvey, "The Road to Tennessee" River Styx 81/82 (2010). FULL TEXT
Henry Schvey Faculty Profile
“Tennessee Williams returns” Record article
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