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Moise and the World of Reason : A novel by Tennessee Williams

Moise and the World of Reason : A novel by Tennessee Williams


New York : Simon and Schuster, 1975. First Edition with full numbers line on copyright page. Hardcover. 190 pages ; 22 cm. $6.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. 4 pages with one lite pen line marking indicating place in book. Otherwise no other markings to pages. Binding is firm. Shelf wear to cover boards.

A Novel

The publication of a major work of fiction by Tennessee Williams—the most gifted playwright and poet of the human emotions of our time—is a major literary event. His gift for dialogue, his shrewd instinct for phrase and language, and his unerring knowledge of those regions of the soul where desire, regret and loneliness lie in wait for the traveler make this remarkable novel a work as moving and powerful as his enduring plays—A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie.

At the center of Moise and the World of Reason is the need of three people for each other: Moise, an impoverished and quixotic young painter with a gift for unfinished canvases; the narrator, a young man from Thelma, Alabama, who is determined to be a distinguished writer; and Lance, the man whose intensity, strength and sensuality held them all together while he lived, and whose absence gives the novel its strange and haunting power and pathos. For the subject of Tennessee Williams' novel is the need for love—a need which Lance once filled in the narrator and his new lover does not, and which Moise's work never entirely fills for her. It is this need that propels them through a long and restless night in Greenwich Village—a night in which Moise gives a party to announce her retirement from "the world of reason"; in which the narrator loses his roommate, the second love of his life"; and in which a lifetime of experience, hope, the loss of innocence and the rekindling of desire is exposed in a series of scenes and encounters so dramatic, moving and precise that only Tennessee Williams could have written them.

Erotic, sensual, comic and totally convincing, Moise and the World of Reason is a major work by one of the most distinguished artists of American literature.

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