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6634 Pershing, University City, Missouri  63130

In Real Life:

In writing The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams drew on his memories of apartment living in St. Louis, Missouri.  He and his family did live in a string of apartments, but in 1935, they finally moved out of the Enright Street Apartment and into a home on Pershing Street. It happened while Tennessee Williams was away in IMG_7375Memphis visiting his grandparents. Williams describes his homecoming to the new house to his grandfather in a letter. It’s letter number 54 in The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams, 1920 to 1945, Tennessee says it’s grand, with big white columns and close to the University. He goes on to say, “The place seems so quiet and dignified and spacious after our sordid apartment dwelling that it doesn’t seem like we’re the same people.”  I found the house on a very nice street – and I found it still looks quiet and dignified. The family lived there for about three years and during that time Williams attended Washington University.

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