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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Narrated by: Shirley Knight
Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone was the celebrated debut novel, albeit a thin one, of acclaimed author and playwright Tennessee Williams - a A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie being perhaps his most famous two works.

In this gripping overseas romance, narrated with a graceful British lilt by Shirley Knight, a wealthy aging actress, Karen Stone, is adrift in Rome after her husband dies of a fatal heart attack during the journey over. When she falls for a much younger Italian lover, the passion ignites and treachery commences in richly rewarding detail.

Summary

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone is vintage Tennessee Williams. It is the story of a 50-ish wealthy American widow who was most recently a famous stage beauty but is now drifting after the death of her husband. With poignant wit and his own particular brand of relish, Williams charts her drift into an affair with a cruel young gigolo.
©1950 The University of the South (P)2009 Audio Holdings, LLC

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"Splendid characterization." ( Library Journal)

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