People, Dec. 24, 1973

New York City's Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine was honoring a prodigal son: Episcopalian-born Tennessee Williams, 59. The first recipient of the cathedral's centennial medal acclaiming "the Artist as Prophet," Williams was lauded as "the foremost playwright of our age." But about returning to the fold, a whimsical Williams was equivocal. Born in the shadow of a grandfather who, at the age of 97, was ordained a "High Episcopalian" minister, Williams had allowed himself to be converted to Roman Catholicism during the '60s. "What does it matter, anyhow?" he asked, adding...

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