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Thomas Lanier Williams was born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. His father, Cornelius Coffin Williams, was a shoe salesman who spent a great deal of his time away from the family. Williams has one older sister and one younger brother. A sense of alienation drove Williams into a private life of books and writing at an early age. In 1927, Williams got his first taste of literary acclaim when he placed third in a national essay contest.
Williams studied for several years at the University of Missouri, but withdrew before completing his degree and took a job at the shoe company that his father worked at. He eventually returned to school and received a degree from the University of Iowa. During this period, Williams experimented sexually with women, and finally with men. He wrote his first plays, joined a theatrical group, and changed his name from Tom to Tennessee. By the time he left Iowa, he was a published poet, short-story writer, dramatist, and convi
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- Williams stated that "everybody has some element of homosexuality in him, even the most heterosexual of us (Savran 57)." ...
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