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Tennessee Williams''s first novel

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is vintage Tennessee Williams. Published in 1950, his first novel was acclaimed by Gore Vidal as "splendidly written, precise, short, complete, and fine." It is the story of a wealthy, fiftyish American widow recently a famous stage beauty, but now "drifting." The novel opens soon after her husband''s death and her retirement from the theatre, as Mrs. Stone tries to adjust to her aimless new life in Rome. She is adjusting, too, to aging. ("The knowledge that her beauty was lost had come upon her recently and it was still occasionally forgotten.") With poignant wit and his own particular brand of relish, Williams charts her drift into an affair with a cruel young gigolo: "As compelling, as fascinating, and as technically skillful as his play" ( Publishers Weekly).

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"A brilliant accomplishment."
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Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.

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The Bruce
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A superb short novel of middle age
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2018
Not really a novel of Rome but an incisive portrait of a middle-aged American actress who loses her husband and profession, then seeks a personal rebirth in the ancient city of Rome with a beautiful young lover. The prose is exquisite and the characterizations subtle and... See more
Not really a novel of Rome but an incisive portrait of a middle-aged American actress who loses her husband and profession, then seeks a personal rebirth in the ancient city of Rome with a beautiful young lover. The prose is exquisite and the characterizations subtle and fascinating. Williams'' only novel but as good as his more famous plays.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone
Tennessee Williams writing fascinated me for the subtlety and elegance in which he talks about delicate subjects without falling into cliches and empty words. He develops the theme in such a way that nothing is wasted and everything counts.
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Erin Matson
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mrs stone & her reluctant lover half her age enjoy the city
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2014
unfortunately tennessee never wrote another novel. this only one is magnificent. mrs stone & her reluctant lover half her age enjoy the city. mrs stone has never been happy before this, but it won,t of course last. I seem to have perhaps eroneously gleaned that the... See more
unfortunately tennessee never wrote another novel. this only one is magnificent. mrs stone & her reluctant lover half her age enjoy the city. mrs stone has never been happy before this, but it won,t of course last. I seem to have perhaps eroneously gleaned that the ending was changed at some point to a more happy one I came upon this book whileuncharaistically surfing the tv & it was on tcm. I knew what it was immediately though I''d not seen the movie before. lauren bacall takes the lead here, looking amazingly young, not faded as in the book. mrs stone was a bit past 50, lauren was very young at least as we remember her recently see the movie, read the book..
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Good small dose of Literature in an easy, engaging read
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2013
The Roman spring of Mrs. Stone is a well crafted short book and an easy, engaging read. Williams finely portrays the mindset of an aging actress that would be applicable to any modern celebrity, male or female, today. We see the maniacle focus on career and staying on top,... See more
The Roman spring of Mrs. Stone is a well crafted short book and an easy, engaging read. Williams finely portrays the mindset of an aging actress that would be applicable to any modern celebrity, male or female, today. We see the maniacle focus on career and staying on top, the disdain of other people, the internal fear and desparation that ultimatley leaves Mrs. Stone completely adrift and ruderless. The setting is post-war Rome where all Romans, aristocratic or otherwise, are poor, and all Americans are rich. Williams is a great wordsmith. His language and story flow nicely and his insight is very good. There was a particular loose end that didn''t seem to get tied up. Also the brevity didn''t allow for other characters to be developed or subplots to be introduced. If you''re looking for quality Literature in a small dose this book will do it.
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Evelyn Marshall
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I flatly say the movie is far better.
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2015
The story is about a lost older American widow who finds a new life in Rome with a young gigolo. Tennessee Williams is a playwright first. This is a novella. The difference between a play and a novel is that a play is all scenes while a novel is heavily loaded... See more
The story is about a lost older American widow who finds a new life in Rome with a young gigolo.

Tennessee Williams is a playwright first. This is a novella. The difference between a play and a novel is that a play is all scenes while a novel is heavily loaded with narration. In Williams'' case, he is a lyrical playwright, rich in romantic detail, but he goes overboard with narration in this novella, sacrificing his much needed dialog.

Having seen the movie (several times) which was superb and now having read the novella, I flatly say the movie is far better.
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Suzi Q Avocate
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Another of Mr. Williams'' fading beauties...
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
Typical Tennessee Williams. A woman in a predicament, but this time it isn''t economics or physical limitations that she grapples with. Not unlike Blanche DuBois, Karen Stone struggles with the loss of youth and sex appeal, but from a position of financial security. I love... See more
Typical Tennessee Williams. A woman in a predicament, but this time it isn''t economics or physical limitations that she grapples with. Not unlike Blanche DuBois, Karen Stone struggles with the loss of youth and sex appeal, but from a position of financial security. I love this story. I own the Vivien Leigh/Warren Beatty movie, and I''ve seen the Helen Mirren Showtime movie. I think a lot of women Karen''s age relate to her situation.
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rdclark
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Now I must see the film again!
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2016
"Drifting" through life''s truths, lies, and self deceptions. The interior life that we all wish to know and silently dread. The complexity of a character expressed in the simplest of terms through direct and honest prose. Williams reveals himself in the heart of a lonely... See more
"Drifting" through life''s truths, lies, and self deceptions. The interior life that we all wish to know and silently dread. The complexity of a character expressed in the simplest of terms through direct and honest prose. Williams reveals himself in the heart of a lonely woman. I read it through in one night and enjoyed it thoroughly. A must-read for true fans.
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Chrys Goodwyne
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Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
Not really sure what it has to do with Rome. Too much introspection, not enough substance. Not what I expected.
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Chrysallis
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Fascinating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2020
This was the first of my reading any of Tennessee Williams books. I had seen the film and wanted to read the book as a result. His narrative is fascinating as he''s draws one through the life and episodes of Mrs Stone''s time in Rome. His visual descriptions are epic and I...See more
This was the first of my reading any of Tennessee Williams books. I had seen the film and wanted to read the book as a result. His narrative is fascinating as he''s draws one through the life and episodes of Mrs Stone''s time in Rome. His visual descriptions are epic and I was drawn deeper into her life at times willing her to walk away, to find an alternative. I felt I was at her side, a voyeur in her life incapable of helping her. I wish more people could write like Mr Williams.
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Coffee Lover
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An all too-short masterpiece of storytelling
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 4, 2019
A wonderful essay on the human condition, loneliness, need and love. Set in Rome it is a great read but alas ends all too soon.
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Mary Pearson
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If you like Tennessee''s plays, you like this novel.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 23, 2017
I love Tennessee Williams'' style and I find his insight into the motives and minds of the main characters fascinating.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2020
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2015
Excellent!!
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