By Alan Bennett
This moment quantity of performs by way of Alan Bennett contains his Kafka performs, one an hilarious comedy, the opposite a profound and looking out drama. additionally incorporated is An Englishman out of the country and a query of Attribution. The fascination of those performs lies within the method they query our approved notions of treachery and, in numerous methods, make a sympathetic case for man Burgess and Anthony Blunt.
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The example that Williams, or his persona here (by now he was deft at separating writer from narrator and making fictional situations seem real), supplies is the error in judgement he makes toward another whom he thinks has insulted him. Now, he is obsessed that every comment this person makes ‘contained some veiled sarcasm’, forcing the narrator to retreat into ‘a clam-like shell of Columbus to Columbia (via St Louis) 21 silence’. But the narrator soon discovers his misjudgement and, ‘as wind breaks a fog’,63 he dispels the rancour surrounding his vanity and soon counts the former enemy among his best friends.
By the following fall of 1935, a rejuvenated Williams pursued his writing ambitions and returned to university, auditing evening classes at Washington University College to prepare to enter his senior year the following autumn. The family had moved again (though still in the unfashionable suburb of University City), this time out of an apartment and into a rented Colonial-style house close to the university on Pershing Avenue, complete with grape arbour and rose garden. Williams’s night classes that autumn included ‘Contemporary British and American Literature’ with Professor George Bruner Parks, which he took to earn credits for his failed courses at Missouri.
Cornelius, after all, still had a well-paying job, and, what is more, he had enough 25 26 Tennessee Williams: A Literary Life clout in the company to find work for his son. Williams, however, did not fully appreciate the opportunity his father afforded him. Sure, it gave him some pocket money for the movies at the Fox or the St Louis cinemas, or plays in the cheap seats at the American or the Little theatres downtown which he frequented so often on his free time; but the work also reduced his time to write.
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