The author, a noted drama critic and playwright, shows real sensitivity to the talent which made Williams one of the giants of 20th century American theater. Yet, the structure of the book has some oddities. The narrative begins with the pre-Broadway tryout of The Glass Menagerie, and then doubles back to Williams' childhood and youth. The film production of A Streetcar Named Desire receives intense coverage, based on the censorship brouhahas which rose up around it, yet there's no mention of the film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, even though it was a) a highly-acclaimed film, and b) considerably weakened vis-à-vis the stage version, with the gay subtext totally excised from the plot. If Mr. Williams had any opinions about the Cat film, readers of this book will never know them, while Williams' and director Elia Kazan's dust-ups with the movie studio and the Legion of Decency over the Streetcar film occupy numerous pages.
Worth reading, even with the lapses noted herein--another example of tormented genius creating art.