Tennessee Williams

famous missourian by: Ethan Slaggie

Early Life

Tennesse Williams was born on March 26, 1911. He was born with the name Thomas Lanier Williams III. Also, he was the second of three children. He spent his first years of school at Eugene Feild Elementary School. Sometimes Tennesse struggled in school and got teased a lot. Because of that he had to live with his grandparents in Misissippi for a year. He also had diptheria wich swelled his throat and left him with a long life fear of suffocation. When he came back from Mississippi his mom bought him a typewriter and he wrote his first article "Isolated". It was published in 1924 in the Ben Blewett Junior High newspaper.

Young Tennesse

Tennesse Williams at The University

Tennesse went to the University City Highschool. There, people started noticing his writing. He had two articles published in national magazines. People liked his articles so much that they asked him to keep writing after he graduated. After he graduated from college, he wanted to enter a writing contest. The age requirement was 25 so he changed his birth date year from 1911 to 1914. Just to be safe, he also changed his name from Thomas to Tennessee. After that, he became a serious writer. He had many successes including: "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof", "A Street Car Named Desire", "The Night of the Iguana", "The Glass Menagrie" and "The Rose Tatoo". He also suffered from depression, drug and alcohol abuse.

Old Tennessee

Last Years

Tennessee thought his life was terrible. Even though he traveled the world and wrote famous plays, he still had a lot of bad memories from his childhood and adulthood. He was lonely and suffered from deep depression. He died February 24, 1983 at the age of 72.