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How A Few Indistinct Words Burped Up By A Drunk Tennessee Williams Changed One Man's Life

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The writer Allan Gurganus admired Tennessee Williams. One day, Gurganus heard the famous playwright had read one of his stories and enjoyed it. Full of confidence, Gurganus traveled to New Orleans where some friends had arranged for him to meet Williams. But the drunken, Tabasco-stained man he met taught him a lesson he didn’t expect.

WUNC's Dick Gordon brings us Gurganus' captivating story of a literary giant in decline.

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