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100-year tribute to Tennessee Williams.

Tennessee Williams is undeniably one of the most revered playwrights and poets of our time, and in honor of his 100th birthday, where better to celebrate than his birthplace-Columbus?

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"Columbus has been the focus of national and international recognition during the 100th birthday celebration," says Brenda Caradine. "For his March 26 birthday party, we had visitors from as far away as New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, and China."

The celebration continues September 6-12 with the 10th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute & Tour of Victorian Homes. Coordinated by Caradine and a volunteer committee, the agenda is filled with tributes to Williams, complete with a "Stella" shouting contest (from A Streetcar Named Desire), a variety of lectures and readings, a Streetcar Run, and a performance of Night of the iguana. There is a tour of significant landmarks and Victorian homes and a visit to Williams' childhood home, which now serves as the town's welcome center and greets more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Columbus proudly embraces this celebration of the life and work of the literary legend. Caradine adds, "Tennessee Williams is fast becoming to Columbus what Elvis has become to Tupelo!" - S.M.B.

Visit www.muw.edu/tennesseewilliams for a complete schedule of events and for more information.
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
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Date:Jul 1, 2011
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