Unpublished Tennessee Williams Combo Pack – Three Lost Tales
It’s no secret that Williams loved Italy and had a great affinity for the Italian people. In 1952, while in Rome, he wrote an excellent story reflective of changes he had witnessed in his beloved city following the Second World War. “The Summer Woman,” published for the first time here in The Strand, tells the tale of a seemingly respectable professor on his yearly summer vacation in post-war Italy as it is still waking up from the nightmares of Mussolini and wartime occupation. With a few broad strokes, Williams evokes the beauty of the country and the genuine friendliness of its people, while masterfully drawing clear parallels between the American protagonist’s seasonal relationship with an Italian prostitute and U.S. entanglements overseas—both rife with conflict, resentment, and disillusionment.
Spring issue of the Strand with the unpublished Tennessee Williams Story
“And so for weeks I lay there in forced silence, while I was wracked with the most excruciating pain. It was more mental than physical. For I knew what had been done to me. Far more terrible than the tearing pain within my head was the pain of that knowledge of what had been done to me. The knowledge that in my head was the eye of a dead man – an eye that should be cold and glazed with death in a corpse beneath the ground!” And so starts this thrilling tale by Tennessee Williams that has never been published before…
Titled “The Eye that Saw Death” the story chronicles a nameless narrator’s struggle to maintain his sanity after forcibly receiving an eye transplant. Our spring issue also features fiction by Lyndsay Faye, Linwood Barclay, and Lorenzo Carcaterra, as well as an exclusive interview with Clive Cussler. We also have book and audiobook reviews of the latest releases and much more.
Issue 42: Fiction by Tennessee Williams (“Crazy Night”) and Joseph Finder
This spring issue of the Strand features, “Crazy Night” a previously unpublished short story by the literary legend Tennessee Williams. We also have fiction by Joseph Finder, Michael Stanley, and John Floyd. Lisa Unger gave the Strand an exclusive interview where she spoke about her suspense novels and shared her extensive knowledge of the craft of writing.