WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. Annotated Typescript Draft for The Municipal Abattoir (mistitled "Municipal Abbatoir" at the head), with significant holograph corrections by Williams,

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983.
Annotated Typescript Draft for The Municipal Abattoir (mistitled "Municipal Abbatoir" at the head), with significant holograph corrections by Williams,

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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983.
Annotated Typescript Draft for The Municipal Abattoir (mistitled "Municipal Abbatoir" at the head), with significant holograph corrections by Williams, 9 pp, numbered 1 - 9 in blue pencil lower left, the final sheet blank except for the holograph note "Variations" writ large, on onion skin paper, late 1960s, minor creasing to corners.
Provenance: The estate of Lee Hoiby.

ANNOTATED DRAFT OF A LATER WILLIAMS PLAY, originally produced posthumously in 2004 at the Kennedy Center, taken from a script Lee Hoiby provided to Artistic Director Michael Kahn. In the 2005 book publication by New Directions, they note that their copy-text is taken from Hoiby's script given to Kahn, "the only text of the play we know to be extant" (Mister Paradise and Other One-Act Plays, ND, 2005, "Notes," p 237). This is likely an earlier (presumably) draft of that manuscript of this darkly wry political gem.


Lee Hoiby and Tennessee Williams worked together on the operatic setting of Summer and Smoke, with a libretto by Lanford Wilson, which premiered at the St Paul Opera in 1971. Williams had accompanied Hoiby to the opening night of his first full length opera A Month in the Country (then in an early version titled Natalie Petrovna) in September 1964. The finale of that work was widely praised, with Paul Hume of the Washington Post calling it "an octet of overwhelming beauty.... This is a supreme moment in opera, and Hoiby's genius has done nothing finer." Even Tennessee, who had a distinct dislike for opera, liked "all those voices at the end singing together" and therefore offered Hoiby the highly coveted choice of any of his plays. "Take your pick!"
He chose the delicate Summer and Smoke, which is still the only play Williams allowed to be made into an opera.
Hoiby was born in Wisconsin in 1926, becoming a bemused performer with Harry Partch at the University of Wisconsin, a student of Darius Milhaud and Egon Petri for composition and piano at Mills and Cornell, received a scholarship to the Curtis Institute to study composition with Menotti, and became a close associate of both Menotti and Barber. He received a fellowship at Yaddo, the MacDowell colony, and a Fulbright award to Rome, where he was refused entrance to classes at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia because his style was insufficiently radical. (With thanks to Mark Shulgasser for his notes and insights.)
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WILLIAMS, TENNESSEE. 1911-1983. Annotated Typescript Draft for The Municipal Abattoir (mistitled "Municipal Abbatoir" at the head), with significant holograph corrections by Williams,
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