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A house not meant to stand : a gothic comedy

by Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3545.I5365 H68 2008
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PS3545.I5365 H68 2008
 
 
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3545.I5365 H68 2008
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PS3545.I5365 H68 2008
 
 
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 813.54 W675
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
 
Collection  Nonfiction
 
Call Number  813.54 W675
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 812 W557h
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  812 W557h
 
 
Summary
Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, return home one midnight in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral of their older son to a house and a life literally falling apart--daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their younger son Charlie is upstairs having sex with his pregnant, holy-roller girlfriend as the McCorkles enter. Cornelius, who has political ambitions and a litany of health problems, is trying to find a large amount of moonshine money his gentle wife Bella has hidden somewhere in their collapsing house, but his noisy efforts are disrupted by a stream of remarkable characters, both living and dead.

While Williams often used drama to convey hope and desperation in human hearts, it was through this dark, expressionistic comedy, which he called a "Southern gothic spook sonata," that he was best able to chronicle his vision of the fragile state of our world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The last full-length play Williams saw through to opening night, A Horse Not Meant to Stand, was developed from a one-act, Some Problems for the Moose Lodge, and is a gothic comedy containing many familiar Williams themes: eccentricity, hysteria, madness, sexual misconduct, disappointed lives, untimely death, and a once-great southern family fallen on hard times. The central metaphor is announced by the title referring to an elderly couple's mansion, which, not unlike Poe's House of Usher, is literally falling apart and also represents the physical and mental decay of its occupants, who cannot cope with their present predicament. At the start of the play, they have just returned from the funeral of the wife's favorite, a gay son who fled to Memphis to get away from his oppressive family. Like many of Williams' later plays, this one has moments of pure brilliance but lacks the fluidity, grace, and power of his best work. Still, there is enough of worth in it to interest Williams scholars and fans alike.--Helbig, Jack Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series NDP ; 1105
Subjects Families -- Drama.
Mississippi -- Drama.
Publisher New York :New Directions,2008
Contributors Keith, Thomas.
Language English
Description xxvii, 95 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 89-95).
ISBN 9780811217095 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0811217094 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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