Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog

Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other characters of his plays that transformed the American theater of the mid-twentieth century; a book that does, from the inside, the almost impossible?reve An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions o...

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Title:Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog
Author:James Grissom
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0307265692
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog Reviews

  • Kevin Daly
    Jul 26, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

  • Mark
    Mar 27, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

  • Rick Rapp
    Mar 25, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

  • Rick
    May 09, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

    This book gets five stars for what's best about it, the insights it gives into women (and some men) who were important collaborators with Tennessee Williams. In particular, Mr. Grissom provides rare biographical insights on such neglected actresses as Lois Smith, Barbara Baxley, Jo van...

    This is really 3.5 stars, under a rating system where 5 is indispensable and 4 is a good read that may not stick with you. There was a bit too much flab in this book but what else is to be expected from a decades-long project interviewing artists who love talking about art about a famo...

    An unusual biography about the fascinating playwright Tennessee Williams. Tenn was highly talented and highly troubled. I have always enjoyed his plays and the book makes you want to see them again. I am off to see Summer and Smoke this Friday. ...

  • Janet
    Jan 03, 2017

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

  • David
    Jul 20, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

  • Sandra Helen
    Jan 05, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

  • Sketchbook
    Aug 28, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

  • False
    May 18, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

  • Melissa
    Apr 30, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

  • Susan
    Apr 21, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

  • Jamie
    May 08, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

  • Frank
    Aug 05, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

    This book gets five stars for what's best about it, the insights it gives into women (and some men) who were important collaborators with Tennessee Williams. In particular, Mr. Grissom provides rare biographical insights on such neglected actresses as Lois Smith, Barbara Baxley, Jo van...

  • Joan
    Mar 15, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

  • Rui
    Aug 20, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

  • Jiaran Wang
    Jun 25, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

  • Dave
    Nov 22, 2017

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

  • Susan
    Oct 15, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

  • Gerri Corrado
    Oct 18, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

  • David Sheward
    Aug 22, 2017

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

  • Robert Samuels
    Apr 20, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

  • Lane Coleman
    Apr 28, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

  • George Tennessee
    Nov 05, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

    This book gets five stars for what's best about it, the insights it gives into women (and some men) who were important collaborators with Tennessee Williams. In particular, Mr. Grissom provides rare biographical insights on such neglected actresses as Lois Smith, Barbara Baxley, Jo van...

    This is really 3.5 stars, under a rating system where 5 is indispensable and 4 is a good read that may not stick with you. There was a bit too much flab in this book but what else is to be expected from a decades-long project interviewing artists who love talking about art about a famo...

    An unusual biography about the fascinating playwright Tennessee Williams. Tenn was highly talented and highly troubled. I have always enjoyed his plays and the book makes you want to see them again. I am off to see Summer and Smoke this Friday. ...

    A fascinating memoir about a young writer fulfilling an assignment given to him by Tennessee Williams. Far too many reviewers have categorized this book as a biography, and I thought that was what I was buying, but this is a personal and unique take on one of our greatest playwrights. ...

    One of the best books ever written on the creative process. Invaluable for writers and actors. Beautifully written. ...

    Amazing book, incredible story, touched my heart deeply. ...

  • Steve Carter
    Dec 30, 2015

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

  • O'Snap
    Feb 03, 2016

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

  • Emily
    Mar 07, 2019

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

    This book gets five stars for what's best about it, the insights it gives into women (and some men) who were important collaborators with Tennessee Williams. In particular, Mr. Grissom provides rare biographical insights on such neglected actresses as Lois Smith, Barbara Baxley, Jo van...

    This is really 3.5 stars, under a rating system where 5 is indispensable and 4 is a good read that may not stick with you. There was a bit too much flab in this book but what else is to be expected from a decades-long project interviewing artists who love talking about art about a famo...

  • Bob Manning
    Feb 19, 2017

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

  • Charles Bill McKenny
    Feb 10, 2019

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

  • Robert Grenier
    Aug 20, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

    This book gets five stars for what's best about it, the insights it gives into women (and some men) who were important collaborators with Tennessee Williams. In particular, Mr. Grissom provides rare biographical insights on such neglected actresses as Lois Smith, Barbara Baxley, Jo van...

    This is really 3.5 stars, under a rating system where 5 is indispensable and 4 is a good read that may not stick with you. There was a bit too much flab in this book but what else is to be expected from a decades-long project interviewing artists who love talking about art about a famo...

    An unusual biography about the fascinating playwright Tennessee Williams. Tenn was highly talented and highly troubled. I have always enjoyed his plays and the book makes you want to see them again. I am off to see Summer and Smoke this Friday. ...

    A fascinating memoir about a young writer fulfilling an assignment given to him by Tennessee Williams. Far too many reviewers have categorized this book as a biography, and I thought that was what I was buying, but this is a personal and unique take on one of our greatest playwrights. ...

  • Keith David
    Sep 11, 2018

    A fascinating book about Tennessee Williams that itself could have been a play. A young boy writes a letter to a great writer asking for advice about how he could become a writer too. Instead of getting a letter in return, he is invited from his home in Baton Rouge to New Orleans to me...

    Why doesn't author give Source-Notes? Lillian Gish as Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar" ? Author Grissom details how he met Gish and learned from her and, earlier, from Tenn (or 10) that the playwright wrote this modern classic with Gish in mind. He quotes Kazan, "Blanche was as alien to ...

    I was wholly captivated by this book. I've been following the writer, James Grissom, for about three years through his blog, and I couldn't see how the book would live up to my expectations, but it did. I love the story of this kid writing to the great playwright Tennessee Williams and...

    When I see the news reporting tragedy, I pray for more love & laughter all around. "The world is violent and mercurial - it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love - love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a par...

    I had thought it might have been enough to have read TW's memoirs and John Lahr's bio of him - but the particular angle of Grissom's book was ultimately too inviting to pass up. ~the angle, if not the premise. In the early '80s, shortly before he left this Earth, Williams answered ...

    Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to Tennessee Williams and his work must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to the theatre must read this book. Anyone who loves, reveres and is devoted to stellar writing must read this book. James Grissom has given us the ...

    What an exquisite and touching book this was. I think I thought it would be a biography of Williams, and it is--in a way. But it is a biography told through the eyes of those with whom he worked, whom he loved, and who offer their thoughts on this man who felt he no longer mattered. Ja...

    The best theatre-related book I've read since 'Everything Was Possible.' Essential. ...

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in theater. James Grissom did a brilliant job in allowing us to see the real Tennessee Williams. Theater is ART, it allows us to see inside our sometimes hidden secrets or confusion about life through an insightful play. Actors attempt to...

    Beautifully written fantasy fiction that for no logical reason has been accepted as fact. James Grissom states from the start that no record remains of his alleged five days of talks with Tennessee Williams ? conveniently mere months before Williams' death ? yet quotes florid poeti...

    This is a very interesting view of Tennessee Williams and the sources of his creative inspiration. It includes reminiscences and conversations with some of the great actresses, actors and writers of his time. This a peek behind the curtain that will inform your enjoyment of much of the...

    Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog by James Grissom The book entered my awareness through a ?Like? page on Facebook. A Follies of God ?Like? page was being ?Liked? by some of my Facebook friends, or maybe the posts were ?sponsored?, but I ...

    Interesting. I wonder about the veracity of some of the accounts... ...

    After reading several books on Tennessee Williams including many by men who encountered him during his later, drug-crazed years, I didn't think there could possibly be another angle with which to examine this tragic figure. James Grissom's combination memoir/essay/multi-biography finds...

    Grissom does a masterful job of capturing both the poetic and maddening qualities of Tennessee Williams. The conceit of the book is intriguing: Grissom writes a fan letter to Williams and asks for advice about writing. The two meet, and Williams bares his emotional and literary souls t...

    Excelent book! I had a feeling I would enjoy it. I grew up with images of Tennessee Williams plays through the film adaptations. "A Streetcar named Desire", "Suddenly Last Summer", "Summer and Smoke", "Cat on a Hot tin roof", "Sweet Bird of Youth" were landmarks as well as the acti...

    When the author was in college, he met Tennessee Williams, who was in the waning career of his life. Williams, who had a lot of self doubt at the time, asks the author to locate and interview a lot of his old leading ladies and find out what they thought of him. The author does that ov...

    A travel memoir and mini bios all in one. You get a sense of the real Tennessee here -- the good, the bad and the ugly. Completely authentic and compelling. Really great read for TW fans and American theater history buffs. ...

    An essential read for anyone who loves theater, acting, words! ...

    Fascinating!inspires me to seek out the work of many of these influential actresses. ...

    Excellent addition to other biographies of Mr. Williams. ...

    One of the better books I've read this year, and a unique take on Williams in terms of the women in his life and the role(s) they played in his work. ...

    A friend of mine had tried reading a different bio of Tennessee Williams, and he told me he had to put it down because he said it just pounded away at self-indulgence and Tennessee's apparent joy at wallowing in his own misery. I was wary of reading Follies of God because I feared enco...

    Williams met with a twenty-year-old Grissom as the result or a fan letter. He gave the young man a formidable assignment to contact a list of actresses Williams had been associated with to determine if William's contact with them had made a difference in their lives. Twenty years later...

    This book gets five stars for what's best about it, the insights it gives into women (and some men) who were important collaborators with Tennessee Williams. In particular, Mr. Grissom provides rare biographical insights on such neglected actresses as Lois Smith, Barbara Baxley, Jo van...

    This is really 3.5 stars, under a rating system where 5 is indispensable and 4 is a good read that may not stick with you. There was a bit too much flab in this book but what else is to be expected from a decades-long project interviewing artists who love talking about art about a famo...

    An unusual biography about the fascinating playwright Tennessee Williams. Tenn was highly talented and highly troubled. I have always enjoyed his plays and the book makes you want to see them again. I am off to see Summer and Smoke this Friday. ...

    A fascinating memoir about a young writer fulfilling an assignment given to him by Tennessee Williams. Far too many reviewers have categorized this book as a biography, and I thought that was what I was buying, but this is a personal and unique take on one of our greatest playwrights. ...

    One of the best books ever written on the creative process. Invaluable for writers and actors. Beautifully written. ...