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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (45,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Field Narrator: Scott Nilsen Publisher: Audio Books by Mike Vendetti Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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The Drama of Glass, by Kate Field, was published in 1895 and attempts to tell a sweeping story about the past, present, and future of glass while at the same time advertising it's publisher, the Libby Glass Company. The prologue begins with speculations of the origns of glass by the Phoenicians and Venetians. It also depicts the beginings of glass in America in 1608. The next section of the book details the evolution of glass from 1850 to 1893, focusing, not suprisingly, on Libby Glass.

The third section of the book dramatically departs from the history laid out so far to relate the fairy tale of Cinderella's glass slippers metaphorically to actress Georgia Cayvan's journey to create a dress spun out of glass, which was later duplicated by a Spanish princess. The last section returns to the Libby Glass Company and their involvement in the World's Fair of 1893. This section asks the readers (presumably those who attended the fair themselves) questions about their own experiences to encourage their own reflections on the exhibit.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 2/19/2014

    " I re-read it because a group of my AP students will be giving a report to the class. I've read it a few times and I love its gentle sweetness, so different from so much else of Tennessee Williams' work. Here there is none of the self-loathing, or at least only the barest whisper, of the angry homosexual writer of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or the horror of Suddenly Last Summer, or the pathetic self-pity in Streetcar Named Desire. Here was Tennessee Williams before he was famous. I think I would've liked him then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 2/3/2014

    " Compare to: Death of a Salesman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/2/2014

    " Ah, the Glass Menagerie. Though when I finished this play it left me feeling a little disheartened at a lack of closure, I enjoyed it. Williams' use of symbolism is magnificent, and his characters are fascinating and very real. By far, I thought the entire play was worth the read just for the Tom character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 1/31/2014

    " This play never ceases to be amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodie | 1/28/2014

    " I liked this play. It was equal parts sad and hopeful. I always loved the imagery of the glass animals as a plot point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/27/2014

    " A true classic. This is a phenomenal piece for analyzing character development; the characters are that amazing and realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ralph | 1/21/2014

    " Don't read this if you suffer from low self esteem and depression!!! But, it's a great read and a very different play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T.J. | 1/21/2014

    " I am absolutely unwilling to debate this point, Glass Menagerie is one of the most compelling plays I've ever read. It's masterfully done, with broken and aching characters filled with ruin. And the idea that a thin margin of hope remains for Laura at the end....that's always inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 1/19/2014

    " Anything at all by Tennessee Williams! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Knopf | 1/7/2014

    " Overall a fairly interesting story, but nothing extremely memorable. I certainly didn't regret reading it, even if the climax was ruined by last year's SOL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/12/2013

    " The Glass Menagerie is simple, with its minimal cast of characters, but not shallow. Also contains a surprising amount of imagery for a play. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Jo | 12/6/2013

    " I love Tennessee Williams, and I've used this play for numerous reports, and essays. I reccomend for anyone who already loves Tennessee Williams, or if you have never read a play by him before! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miss P-C | 11/16/2013

    " While the characterization is strong in Williams' drama, I never truly connected to it because it is so short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay (Santafefan) | 11/5/2013

    " Looking forward to seeing the play! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 2/8/2013

    " This is amazing, and kinda sad also. Great play! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 7/10/2012

    " I learned why a lot of the women whom I know in my life have a little Amanda Wingfield in them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/25/2012

    " I'm amazed that I got as much as I did from such a short play. I was almost instantly drawn to the characters and the story and found myself thinking about it long after I finished reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Smyly | 3/21/2012

    " Good story, but not great. Is better performed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noelle | 2/26/2012

    " I read this many years ago but always wanted to re-read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/12/2012

    " Read this as a teen...it's weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/29/2011

    " Fairly depressing, but still interesting enough to read between commercial breaks. I would not, however, want to see a live performance of the play. I think it would be pretty boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heilit | 11/28/2011

    " This mother made me realize how lovable mine was. This play also has beautiful imagery and makes you grateful to be you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Swords | 1/26/2011

    " Well, I liked this play more than A Streetcar Named Desire(yep, I know, sacrilege in some people's eyes). I suggest every lit and theatre lover read this play as it's famous for a good reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cye | 1/1/2011

    " broke my heart. i loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kat | 12/31/2010

    " Guess we all live in our own heads. "

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