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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2660

Tennessee Williams typescripts for Battle of angels and The rose tattoo


Typescript scripts for the plays, Battle of angels and The rose tattoo, by American playwright, Tennessee Williams.


  • 1940-1957

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


Copyright in the works of Tennessee Williams is held by the University of the South.


1 linear feet (1 box and 1 volume)
Includes four typescript drafts of scripts of the play The rose tattoo that were developed by Williams from January of 1950 through the summer of 1950. The text has been reworked from the first "kitchen sink" draft to the final product. Also with a 1940 typescript script of the play Battle of angels, annotated by actress Miriam Hopkins. Original covers, notebook, and slip-case were retained.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Lanier Williams III (1911-1983), who published as Tennessee Williams, has often been called America’s most prominent playwright. He was also a prolific author of essays, poetry, and short stories.


Arranged alphabetically by title, then by date.

Physical Location

b, MS


Dealer's notes indicate that the typescripts of The rose tattoo came from the files of film producer Charles K. Feldman.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007M-15. Purchased with the Douglass Roby Fund for the HCL and the Amy Lowell Trust from Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc., 101 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York; received: 2007 October 17.

Related Materials

See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional collections of Tennessee Williams papers held by the Houghton Library.

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Link to catalog
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983. Tennessee Williams typescripts for Battle of angels and The rose tattoo, 1940-1957: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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