BOOKS: THE GRAND DISSEMBLER

SORTING OUT THE LIFE, AND THE MYTH, OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

THINK OF ALL THE LIES I GOT TO put up with!" bellows Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He's a cantankerous colossus--a self-made cotton mogul whose vast fortune has drawn around him a circle of toadies and fools. His is the glutted cry of someone finally facing the truth about his life. Only he hasn't yet met the truth. For he has been lied to even more extensively than he supposes. Told that he's suffering from a minor intestinal ailment, he's actually riddled with cancer. Those closest to him have conspired to conceal his condition.

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