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More from that article... about Tennessee's "MEMOIRS" --

...Mr. Kaplan, whose book, "Tennessee Williams in Provincetown," is also coming out next month from Hansen Publishing Group, said he suspects "The Parade" wasn't produced during Williams's lifetime because of the antigay climate. Mr. Kaplan compares the Provincetown premiere of "The Parade" to the posthumous publication of E. M. Forster's novel "Maurice" and to Paul Cadmus's openly homoerotic paintings.

"These are different people who wanted to go after the mainstream and withheld certain aspects of themselves in the art they created for mass production," Mr. Kaplan said. "But they were not embarrassed and were not conflicted about being gay.

"....Williams's 1981 play "Something Cloudy, Something Clear,'' his longer and complexly woven reminiscence about Provincetown, covers some of the same ground as "The Parade."

[I recently read my father's old copy of T. Williams' "Memoirs" which had never been reprinted... realizing as I read, "why" Tennessee had had so many problems late in life...]

... Williams, who died in 1983, was an altogether different creature by that time. "The difference is that he had been repeatedly mocked in public "” not to mention his own disruptive behavior," Mr. Kaplan said. "It's not that he was bitter in his later life, but he didn't have that confidence of a successful playwright, which is what he was in 1962."

For instance Williams's 1975 "Memoirs," which New Directions is reissuing next month with a new foreword by the filmmaker John Waters, was initially greeted with critical derision and caused a scandal.
"If Williams," one critic wrote, "has not exactly opened his heart, he has opened his fly."

Mr. Keith said: "The book needs a reconsideration. If a straight person had been that candid about his love life, he wouldn't have been treated the same way."

[My copy has this swirly psychedlic cover and is chockful of great photos, very memorably one of Tennessee out on the town with Candy Darling. It's an amazing read, written a la Casanova -- bringing you continuously back to the present day person writing, as he reminiscises.]