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The Glass Menagerie


The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams was first performed in Chicago in 1944, before its publication and Broadway debut in 1945. The play is set during the Great Depression of the 1930s and deals with the difficulties of the Wingfield family, consisting of Amanda and her two grown children, Tom and Laura.


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PS3545.I5365

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. 1988.

                            Call Number: PS3545.I5365 G537 1988

  • Crandell, George (ed.). The Critical Response to Tennessee Williams. 1996.

                           Call Number: PS3545.I5365 Z616 1996

  • Falk, Signi L. Tennessee Williams. 1961.

                           Call Number: PS3545.I5365 Z64 1961

  • Siebold, Thomas (ed.). Readings on the Glass Menagerie. 1998.

                          Call Number: PS3545.I5365 G539 1998

  • Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. 1945.

                          Call Number: PS3545.I5365 G5 1999


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Williams, Tennessee


Reference Materials

  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771.C59

o        Vol. 5, pg. 498-9, 501, 503-4

o        Vol. 7, pg. 540-1, 543, 545

o        Vol. 11, pg. 571-6

o        Vol. 30, pg. 455-8, 461, 464-6, 469-70

o        Vol. 71, pg. 354-406

o        Vol. 111, pg. 379-80, 388-9, 391, 393, 395, 397, 404, 408, 414, 417-24

  • Critical Survey of Drama, Second Revised Edition.Call Number: REF PN1625.C68 2003

o        Vol. 7, pg. 3623-25

·               Drama Criticism.Call Number: REF PN1625.D72

o        Vol. 4, pg. 371-4, 378-9, 381-91, 398, 418

  • Drama for StudentsCall Number: REF PN1601.D595

o        Vol. 1, pg.123-39

  • Masterplots: Revised 2nd ed.Call Number: REF PN44.M33 1996

o        Vol. 5, pg. 2543-5

  • The Tennessee Williams EncyclopediaCall Number: REF PS3545.I5365 Z459

o        Pg. 78-84


Research Databases

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Films on Demand- Database 

  • Characterization in "The Glass Menagerie" (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: The Glass Menagerie: Character Studies Conversations
    • DESCRIPTION: A complex and inappropriate relationship develops between Laura Wingfield and the gentleman caller. Actors who have played these two roles talk about the qualities of the characters and the moment when the terrible truth comes out.
  • Importance of "The Glass Menagerie" (SEGMENT) 
    • From Title: The Glass Menagerie: Character Studies Conversations
    • DESCRIPTION: Tennessee Williams' play endures for its "coming-of-age" theme, the emotional connection of the playwright with his characters, the universal emotions expressed and felt by all the characters.
  • Emotional Ties in "The Glass Menagerie" (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: The Glass Menagerie: Character Studies Conversations
    • DESCRIPTION: Tom Wingfield's need to break out of the "trap" of the small apartment and his responsibilities may arise from his father's abandonment. What are his emotional ties with his mother and sister, Laura? Laura shares qualities of Williams' sister.
  • The Glass Menagerie: Character Studies Conversations (FULL VIDEO) 
    • DESCRIPTION: Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece The Glass Menagerie is a prime example of the memory play in modern literature. In this program hosted by Eli Wallach, former cast members and directors of Menagerie discuss plot and thematic elements, the characterization of some of theater’s most memorable and enduring dramatic figures, and the era in which the play was written. Commentary is provided by Ruby Dee, Olympia Dukakis, Julie Harris, and Molly Regan (Amanda); James Naughton (Jim, the Gentleman Caller); Eric Stoltz and Sam Waterston (Tom); Martha Plimpton (Laura); and directors Mark Brokaw and Austin Pendleton. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. A Films for the Humanities & Sciences Production. (55 minutes)
  • Tennessee Williams' Mother and Amanda Wingfield (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: The Glass Menagerie: Character Studies Conversations 
    • DESCRIPTION: Playwright Tennessee Williams modeled Amanda Wingfield after his mother. Archival film footage, photographs, and personal records provide evidence of similarities between the two figures.

Tennessee Williams' Mother and Amanda Wingfield

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