A Streetcar Named Desire


By Tennessee Williams

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" i don' t want realism. i want magic!" Blanche DuBois— the insecure, promiscuous, archetypal Southern belle— has lost her ancestral estate. But she hasn' t lost her pretence. Penniless, she comes to stay with her sister and barbaric brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. Contemptuous of their two-room apartment in the working-class neighbourhood of New Orleans, Blanche is met with hostility from Stanley, who attempts everything to unveil her deceptions. What happens as the conflict between them increases? Will Blanche' s fantasies and illusions win over her reality? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire is a classic work of social realism. Counted among the finest plays of the twentieth century, it has been adapted into multiple art forms including ballet and opera.

A Streetcar Named Desire