EW Staff
April 18, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lyle Leverich
publisher
W.W. Norton
genre
Biography, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Tennessee Williams’ unreconciled homosexuality, narrowly averted lobotomy, and incessant nomadism are all part of Tom: The Unknown Tennessee Williams, this juicy, definitive portrait, the first of two volumes by Lyle Leverich. Reads like a psychological novel and ends like a cliff-hanger, with A Streetcar Named Desire about to bring Williams ”the catastrophe of success.” A

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