Tennessee Williams's Apartment
Backstory and Context
Renowned author and playwright Tennessee Williams moved to New Orleans in 1939, shortly after graduating college at the age of 28. Williams became part of New Orleans’s gay elite, frequenting establishments such as Cafe Lafitte, and the city of New Orleans came to inspire much of his writing. Over the course of his time in New Orleans, Williams lived in several different properties in the French Quarter, but it was in this apartment on St. Peter Street that, inspired by the sounds of the Royal St streetcar that he could overhear from inside, he wrote his famous play A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.
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