Kingdom of Earth by Tennessee Williams [FIRST EDITION / 1968]

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Kingdom of Earth by Tennessee Williams 

FIRST EDITION [1968] NEW DIRECTIONS PUBLISHING

Ex-Library copy.   Dust jacket has shelf wear and a few marks of discoloration, assumably sticker ghosting, as well as a small surface tear to spine.

Book itself has tape remainder marks on front and back of cover, but reads beautifully with clean, crisp, still white pages.   Library stamp on bottom of title page. 


Lot is a weak and ailing youth who suffers from an attachment to the memory of his late mother. He has come to his ancestral home, a derelict house on the edge of a soon to be flooded river, with his new bride, Myrtle, a television actress. Somewhat reminiscent of Blanche Dubois from Williams's classic play , Myrtle is a luckless young woman trapped in a world of romantic illusions, one of which is to nurse Lot back to health so they can consummate their marriage. Myrtle soon discovers, however, that Lot only wants to use her to steal the deed to the property from his embittered half-brother, Chicken, a Stanley Kowalski type, brimming with masculinity and assertiveness and a few romantic plans of his own.