Tuesday, April 10, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): Q: When did Tom

become known as Tennessee?

A: Although he spent his first seven years in Mississippi, he actually has deep roots in Tennessee. Ancestors on his father's side were all Tennessee pioneers, and he thought a great deal of this heritage. And while submitting some plays to a competition from his grandparents' home in Memphis he falsified his age and signed his name as "Tennessee Williams."

from Clarion Ledger: Q&A with William Jay Smith, author of My Friend Tom: The Poet-Playwright Tennessee Williams


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