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date: 19 March 2019

Streetcar Named Desire, A, 

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

James D. Hart

play by Tennessee Williams, produced and published in 1947 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize.Blanche DuBois, visiting the New Orleans home of her sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, is horrified by the contrast between their squalid surroundings and her idealization of life at Belle Reve, the family estate now lost through bankruptcy. She reacts against Stanley’s crude humor and animal maleness, while he resents her affected refinement and intrusion on his sensual privacy with his wife. At Stanley’s poker party, Blanche meets Mitch and, sensing that he is lonely like herself and “superior to the others,” she begins to think of marriage to him as a refuge from the past, which she has already sought in liquor and self–delusions about her age, beauty, and former admirers.... ...

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