More than 30 years after his death, a draft of an unpublished Tennessee Williams play has resurfaced. The first 10 pages of the untitled work were found in an archive by scholar Gerri Kimber.
Tennessee Williams is most famous for his play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Woody Allen’s 2013 film Blue Jasmine is based off “Streetcar.”
The unfinished play, which has hardly been discussed until now, is about English novelist D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, and New Zealand expatriate short story writer Katherine Mansfield and her husband John Middleton Murr.
Lawrence and Mansfield became friends in 1913. Lawrence, a major literary figure during the 1910s and ‘20s, was a big influence on Williams, who entered the literary sphere near Lawrence’s death. Kimber, co-editor of Katherine Mansfield Studies, has written numerous works on Mansfield.
The play takes place during World War I. The first act, “The Night of the Zeppelin,” depicts the four characters in a London apartment during an air raid. The whole draft will be published in Katherine Mansfield Studies in 2015.