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John Lahr: Tennessee Williams & His Friends

John Lahr, author of a long-awaited Williams biography, sits down for a talk with editor Thomas Keith to discuss Williams' sweet and sour friendships with movie stars, writers, hangers-on, Tallulah Bankhead, and more of those who made up his circle of friends.


"Writing with sympathy and insight, [Lahr] invests the Tennessee Williams of this brilliant new biography with the same vitality and honesty that the playwright used to bring his characters to life."

– Publishers Weekly

"Could this be the best theater book I've ever read? It just might be. Tennessee Williams had two great pieces of luck: Elia Kazan to direct his work, and now John Lahr to make thrilling sense of his life."

– John Guare, author of Six Degrees of Separation, House of Blue Leaves, and Atlantic City.

About John Lahr


John Lahr - Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival courtesy of johnlahr.comAmong John Lahr’s twenty books are Notes On a Cowardly Lion: the Biography of Bert Lahr, Dame Edna Everage: Backstage with Barry Humphries (Roger Machell Prize), and Prick Up Your Ears: the Biography of Joe Orton (‘as good as literary biography gets’ – New York Times) which was made into a film.

He has edited the diaries of Joe Orton and Kenneth Tynan. Since 1992, Lahr has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker where for twenty-one years he was the magazine’s Senior drama critic.

He has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and twice been included in volumes of Best American Essays.

His stage adaptations have been performed around the world; he is the first critic ever to win a Tony Award for co-authoring the 2002 Elaine Stritch: at Liberty.  He lives in London.

There’s never been an American critic like John Lahr. 
His writing exalts, honors, and dignifies the profession, and, more importantly, the art.”

- Tony Kushner


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