When Tom Williams finally graduated from college at age 27, he escaped conservative St. Louis and set out to see the world. By the time he took up temporary residence in New Orleans a few weeks later, he had changed his first name to Tennessee. "This is the most fascinating place I've ever been," the wide-eyed would-be dramatist wrote to his mother in December 1938. Six weeks later he wrote again: "I'm using my colorful experiences here as the background for a new play which is well under way." By late February 1939 Tennessee had moved on to California, and that early script,... More >>>