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Series: Penguin modern classics
Publication Date: 2 Mar 2009
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Text of the play which focuses on the turbulent relationships within a wealthy Mississippi family
'Big Daddy' Pollitt, the richest cotton planter in the Mississippi Delta, is about to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday.
His two sons have returned home for the occasion: Gooper, his wife and children, Brick, an ageing football hero who has turned to drink, and his feisty wife Maggie. As the hot summer evening unfolds, the veneer of happy family life and Southern gentility gradually slips away as unpleasant truths emerge and greed, lies, jealousy and suppressed sexuality threaten to reach boiling point.
Made into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a masterly portrayal of family tensions and individuals trapped in prisons of their own making.
xiii Characters of the play
xv Notes for the designer
p1 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
p92 Note of explanation
p94 Act Three (Broadway version)
p120 'Author and Director: a Delicate Situation'