This non-fiction piece was first published by the New York Times in 1947. Written by Tennessee Williams, the essay explores his struggle with success following his swift rise to fame. Great as a reading and writing activity in the beginning of A Streetcar Named Desire unit, this composition introduces students to Williams' voice and real-life experiences; it challenges them to think about how his personal experiences inform his work as a playwright. It also offers an opportunity to introduce non-fiction into your unit to meet the common core standards! Note: I've added footnotes for challenging vocabulary to the original piece as well as study questions for students to answer following the reading.