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Tennessee Williams ("the Glorious Bird") was 37 and the most famous playwright in America when he met the 22-year-old Vidal in Rome in 1948. Streetcar Named Desire was still running on Broadway when Tennessee gave a party to inaugurate his new apartment, and the American playwright was described by Harold Acton as "a pudgy, taciturn, moustached little man without any obvious distinction."

In his Memoirs, Tennessee describes his meeting with Vidal as well as his 1973 talk before a group of Yale drama students: "The young faces before me were uniformly inexpressive of any kind of emotional reaction to my entrance," Tennessee remarks. To this, Vidal responds in his essay: "I am surprised that Tennessee was surprised. The arrogance...

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