Kenneth Holditch, co-editor, Library of America’s Plays of Tennessee Williams
‘John Lahr invests the Tennessee Williams of this brilliant new biography with the same vitality and honesty that the playwright used to bring his characters to life. Lahr’s feel for Williams’s literary creations and for Williams himself show a perspicacity wanting in previous biographies…His achievement is not likely to be surpassed.’
‘There is only one word for this biography: superb’
‘A splendid book, one of the finest critical biographies of a playwright extant.’
Robert Brustein, Drama critic, The New Republic
‘Splendid beyond words. It would be hard to imagine a more satisfying biography.’
‘This is a masterpiece about a genius. Only John Lahr, with his perceptions about the theater, about writers, about poetry and about people could have written this book. What a marvelous read, with brilliantly detailed research.’
‘Could this be the best theater book I’ve ever read? It just might be. Tennessee Williams had two great pieces of luck. Elia Kazan to direct his work and now John Lahr to make thrilling sense of his life’
John Guare, author of Six Degrees of Separation, House of Blue Leaves, Atlantic City
‘John Lahr’s brilliant and seamless book, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is a labor of the profoundest love, and it comes from the heart and mind of one of our greatest theatre writers.’
Andre Bishop, Artistic director of Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre
‘Swear-to-god, it’s the most original, insightful, thrilling biography I’ve ever read!’
‘A MAGNIFICENT work. Mesmerizing, illuminating and heartbreaking.’
Andre Gregory, director, My Dinner with Andre, Vanya on 42nd Street, Alice in Wonderland.
‘Unsurpassable. An eloquent, spellbinding narrative that emerges as an instant classic.’
Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George Washington: A Life; The House of Morgan; Alexander Hamilton.
‘John Lahr has delivered that rare thing: a critical biography worthy of its subject… As full of insight and overview as it is of memorable offstage detail.’
Jeremy Gerard, Deadline.com
Read more about the book here.
W. W. Norton & Company (US -September 22, 2014)
Bloomsbury Publishing (UK -25 Sep 2014)