Opportunities are everywhere; one has to be alert to seize them. Recently, I vacationed in California with a dear friend, Jane, who lives in Texas. During one of our conversations, our movie group came up, and I mentioned that Summer and Smoke (1961) was our first movie for the fall.
Jane promptly replied with information about her friend’s daughter who is married to Albert Devlin, a Tennessee Williams scholar credited with editing two books of the famous playwright’s letters.
When presented with this connection, I was intrigued to learn that Jane’s book club had traveled to New Orleans for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and, while there, enjoyed a dinner with Al Devlin. My curiosity was piqued to learn more.
Continue reading Summer and Smoke: Elia Kazan’s Letter to Tennessee Williams