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On the first page of his diary from the mid 1950s, Tennessee Williams expressed unhappiness about how rehearsals for his new play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, were going.

Feb. 22, 1955

A black day to begin a blue journal – "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" in rehearsal. The leading actress (Bel Geddes) inadequate, the play not coming to life enough. I'm tired and a bit drunk and I have a beastly cold – I am already making plans for a far away flight (perhaps as far as Ceylon) the night the play opens in New York!


First page of the diary of Tennessee Williams (1911–1983), 1955–58. Gift of the family of Carter Burden, 1998.
By kind permission of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. © 2006 The University of the South.