Did you know that Tennessee Williams was hypochondriac?

Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams

He was obsessed with sickness and death, and constantly worried he was going insane. This was the result of being traumatized by his sister’s lobotomy after her mental breakdown. She was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Tennessee Williams also suffered from depression and bouts of anxiety his whole life, and became dependent on drugs and alcohol. He died in 1983 at the age of 71 as he chocked on the plastic cap of a bottle of eye-drops.

Other facts about his life:

  • The playwright’s birth name was Thomas Lanier Williams III. He legally changed his name when he was 28. He chose “Tennessee” because this was his father’s birth state.
  • His father was an alcoholic and had a bad temper. He was always on the road for his work as a shoe salesman. When he was at home, he fought constantly with Tennessee’s mother.
  • Tennessee Williams traveled a lot to try to find inspiration in faraway places.
  •  He won Pulitzer Prizes for A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Written by Cecile

Cécile Sune was born in Lyon, France, and her obsession with books started when she was 14. Her grandparents had lent her Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and she spent part of the summer indoors reading. Needless to say, her tan didn't really improve that year! It was also around that time that Cécile fell in love with the English language. Several years later, in 1999, Cécile moved to Toronto, Canada, with her cat and 5 suitcases. Her love of reading greatly increased when she discovered that English books were much cheaper than French novels. In 2013, she decided to start a blog to share her passion. Cécile now lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and their daughter, and works as a freelance translator (CS Revision).