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LitCity Lore: Tennessee Williams' Apartment on Clinton Street

With LitCity Lore, we periodically feature a story from our new LitCity website, which maps unique Iowa City literary stories to the locations where writers lived, worked, gave readings, socialized and were inspired by the town.

This week we are highlighting a letter Tennessee Williams wrote to his mother while attending school at the University of Iowa. In the letter, Tennessee Williams discusses plans for his mother's visit to Iowa City, including his accommodations in the rooming house at 126 North Clinton Street:

...there is a big dinner for graduates at the [Iowa Memorial] Union. Guest are eighty-five cents if you want to attend that also. I have an extra bed, upper-deck in my room that Dakin could occupy free and the landlady says that she will have a vacant room after Friday morning that she would rent to you. 

Williams also mentions his part in a play at the University of Iowa, and the amounts he owes in order to leave town:

I owe my landlady one dollar for the last week of the summer session [...] I have a small part in the final play of the season, only two lines - as a page in Richard of Bordeaux. 


Explore this story and more at the LitCity website.