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1995 Literary Arts Series: Tennessee Williams Issue

The Postal Service honored Tennessee Williams with the issuance of a 32-cent stamp, in a pane of 20, on October 13, 1995 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The stamp was designed by Michael Deas of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Thomas Lanier Williams, American poet and playwright, who in 1939 changed his name to Tennessee Williams, was born on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi. Williams began writing as early as 1922, and published his first story in 1928. His first major success came in 1945 with "The Glass Menagerie," which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as well as two other awards. He won Pulitzer prizes for "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1948) and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955). In his 40 year career, Williams wrote over 70 plays, 15 movies, two novels, two volumes of poems, and countless short stories.

The Tennessee Williams stamp, the 1995 addition to the Literary Arts series, went on sale nationwide on October 14. The stamp was produced by Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd. in the offset process.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (September 14, 1995)


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