PODCAST EPISODE

Hymn of Despair: The Blue Song of Tennessee Williams

Saint Louis In Tune

Nov 15 2021 • 43 mins


https://source.wustl.edu/experts/henry-schvey/ (Henry Schvey)'s discovery of an unknown poem by Tennessee Williams was not only a once-in-a-lifetime find but another piece of the puzzle of a man whose past continued to follow him and which helped provide the inspiration for his work. The poem, Blue Song became the inspiration for Schvey's book, The Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams. A captivating side of Williams' life in St. Louis by an author who unknowingly crossed paths with the playwright. [03:00] Background Henry Schvey, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis Interest in Tennessee Williams [07:07] The discovery of the poem, Blue Song [14:03] The St. Louis influence in Williams' work Informative and growing up years How it shows out in his plays [25:45] Dealing with the past Other writers Williams returns to St. Louis to dry out Ultimate irony-Williams burial in St. Louis [33:25] https://jccstl.com/festival-events-schedule/ (St. Louis Jewish Book Festival) and future work on Tennessee Williams by Henry Schvey Insight from the paintings of Williams Getting it to perfection-addiction to writing This is Season 4! For more episodes, go to https://stlintune.com/ (stlintune.com) #tennesseewilliams #stlouis #playwright #washingtonuniversity #newyork #neworleans #brookingshall #universitycity #twstl #jewishbookfestival #washu #drama #theatre #jcc #awardwinningplays

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