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Tennessee: Cry of the Heart (An Intimate memoir of Tennessee Williams) 
by Dotson Rader
Doubleday NY, NY
1985  348 pages.
Review by Mountman/Joe

     This book came from 1985, two years after one of America’s Greatest Playwrights died, Tennessee Williams. I’m sure you are familiar with his works. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “The Glass Menagerie”, “The Rose Tattoo”, and “Suddenly Last 

Summer”, just to name a few.

      I have always been a fan of Tennessee’s works. Some of my first glimpses into the gay world were from them. From Sebastian, in “Suddenly Last Summer” to Blanche’ estranged dead husband in “A Streetcar Named Desire” to Brick and Skipper in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.

     There is a lot of name-dropping in Cry of the Heart. But what would you expect from Tennessee. There’s Norman Mailer, Tallulah Bankhead, Truman Capote, Andy Worhol, Jim Morrison, and many, many more.

     Cry of the Heart goes deep into Tennessee’s private life. His loves, of men, drugs, and drama. He lived in many exotic places, Key West, the French Quarter of New Orleans, and New York just to name a few. His sister, Miss Rose and their mother having her lobotomized. His Brother Dakin, who had Tennessee committed to a mental ward.

     Cry of the Heart is a must read by anyone that loves a good biography. You can find it online. You can also find it in most Public libraries.      

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