Williams made a home for himself on Toulouse, on St. Peter, on Dumaine. Each apartment provided the contours to Williams’ work, leaving the thick, muddy fingerprints of New Orleans all over it.
Here, “among the thieves and squalor,” as some regarded the French Quarter at the time, Williams became part of its burgeoning gay and literary scenes. Truman Capote, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck. The roster was the stuff of legend.
The area allowed for freedom, both creatively and personally.
Today, you can stroll past Williams’ former residences on any day of the week. Most are still standing, and there are walking tours that point them out, along with the homes of other literary giants.
The Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival takes place at the end of every March, in honor of the writer’s birthday. There are panels and master classes for those looking into the art of craft, and the shouting contest, of course, for those seeking some high-brow catharsis.
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