Letters, 1936-1977

Tennessee Williams

Winter 2018

With a flood threatening Collinsville, Illinois, in July 2014, Francesca Williams scrambled to transport her father Dakin’s legal correspondence upstairs from her basement. As she deposited box after box in her living room, a handwritten note caught her eye. Francesca immediately recognized the stationery of New York’s legendary Hotel Elysée, and the penmanship of her…

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was one of the preeminent American playwrights of the twentieth century. The Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, established by Williams in memory of his grandfather, supports creative writing at the University of the South.

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