Follies of God

. . James Grissom’s Follies of God is a revelation, a book that moves and inspires and uncannily catches that illusive “dreaming nature.”

Author: James Grissom

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781101874653

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and the other characters of his plays that transformed the American theater of the mid-twentieth century; a book that does, from the inside, the almost impossible—revealing the heart and soul of artistic inspiration and the unwitting collaboration between playwright and actress, playwright and director. At a moment in the life of Tennessee Williams when he felt he had been relegated to a “lower artery of the theatrical heart,” when critics were proclaiming that his work had been overrated, he summoned to New Orleans a hopeful twenty-year-old writer, James Grissom, who had written an unsolicited letter to the great playwright asking for advice. After a long, intense conversation, Williams sent Grissom on a journey on the playwright’s behalf to find out if he, Tennessee Williams, or his work, had mattered to those who had so deeply mattered to him, those who had led him to what he called the blank page, “the pale judgment.” Among the more than seventy giants of American theater and film Grissom sought out, chief among them the women who came to Williams out of the fog: Lillian Gish, tiny and alabaster white, with enormous, lovely, empty eyes (“When I first imagined a woman at the center of my fantasia, I . . . saw the pure and buoyant face of Lillian Gish. . . . [She] was the escort who brought me to Blanche”) . . . Maureen Stapleton, his Serafina of The Rose Tattoo, a shy, fat little girl from Troy, New York, who grew up with abandoned women and sad hopes and whose job it was to cheer everyone up, goad them into going to the movies, urge them to bake a cake and have a party. (“Tennessee and I truly loved each other,” said Stapleton, “we were bound by our love of the theater and movies and movie stars and comedy. And we were bound to each other particularly by our mothers: the way they raised us; the things they could never say . . . The dreaming nature, most of all”) . . . Jessica Tandy (“The moment I read [Portrait of a Madonna],” said Tandy, “my life began. I was, for the first time . . . unafraid to be ruthless in order to get something I wanted”) . . . Kim Stanley . . . Bette Davis . . . Katharine Hepburn . . . Jo Van Fleet . . . Rosemary Harris . . . Eva Le Gallienne (“She was a stone against which I could rub my talent and feel that it became sharper”) . . . Julie Harris . . . Geraldine Page (“A titanic talent”) . . . And the men who mattered and helped with his creations, including Elia Kazan, José Quintero, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud . . . James Grissom’s Follies of God is a revelation, a book that moves and inspires and uncannily catches that illusive “dreaming nature.”

The Works of John Owen D D

The Lord chargeth them home upon their consciences , to their trouble and
disquietment ; he makes them go with wounds ... if so be that God thereby may be
flattered ; — but withal , because of his innumerable follies , God also is weary of
him ...

Author: John Owen

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ISBN: COLUMBIA:50206890

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The Works of John Owen

The Lord chargeth them home upon their consciences , to their trouble and
disquietment ; he makes them go with wounds ... if so be that God thereby may be
flattered ; -- but withal , because of his innumerable follies , God also is weary of
him ...

Author: John Owen

Publisher:

ISBN: SRLF:AA0008002933

Category: Puritans

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The Gregarious Follies of Fashion An Address Etc

Men were made and meant to go in troops ; the men , not their follies . God has
set one wise man in the world , to how many unwise ones ? The less wise are
meant to follow the more wise , as the sheep follow the shepherd ; and when a
wise ...

Author: James Baldwin Brown

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0025128741

Category:

Page: 16

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A Preservative from the Sins and Follies of Childhood and Youth

is called Blasphemy ; or if I swear , or take the Name of God in vain , or use it in a
triling Manner , without Seriousness . Reafon against this Sin . Because if I make
light of the Name of God , I shall quickly come to make light of God hinself , and ...

Author: Isaac Watts

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0022528834

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Page: 90

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The Morning Exercises at Cripplegate edited by S Annesley St Giles in the Fields edited by Thomas Case and in Southwark edited by Nathaniel Vincent Being Divers Sermons Preached A D 1659 1689 By Several Ministers of the Gospel in Or Near London Fifth Edition Carefully Collated and Corrected With Notes and Translations by J Nichols Indexes By the Rev T H Horne and Others

And who knows but God will shoot it off this very moment , if you convert not this
very moment ? ... The Spirit of Christ in the Old Testament saith expressly , that for
all your ( unrepented ) folliesGod will bring ” you young ones “ into judgment ...

Author: Samuel ANNESLEY (LL.D., Minister of St. Giles', Cripplegate.)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0023057509

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Laudes Domini

All is safely gathered in , God our Maker doth provide For our wants to be
supplied : Come to God's own temple , come , Raise the song of Harvest Home !
Lord ! while for all mankind we pray , of. ST . GEORGE ... 3 All our follies , Lord ,
forgive !

Author: Charles Seymour Robinson

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3658057

Category: Bible

Page: 520

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The Psalter

6 My sins and follies , Lord , Are not concealed from thee ; 3 I'm weary with my
cries , Let none who wait on thee beshamed , My throat is also dried ; Lord God of
hosts , for me . My eyes have failed while for my God In waiting I abide . 7 O God
 ...

Author: R. B. Robertson

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044069556678

Category: Bible

Page: 352

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs

781 And palms shall wave . and .. 746 A glory gilds the sacred page . 389 All our
follies . Lord , forgive .. 1278 And right is right , since God .. 754 A gracious
Saviour , thou .... 1156 All our iniquities thou dost ... 153 And round the wide
world let .

Author: Charles S. Robinson

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ISBN: UIUC:30112065894336

Category: Hymns

Page: 290

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Pharisaism and Christianity

Yet higher : lastly , as Satan went about to deceive the Son of God , so this foolish
consort and client of his goes about to ... But as the greatest politicians are oft
overtaken with the grossest follies , ( God owes proud wits a shame , ) the heart ...

Author: Joseph Hall

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044015514961

Category: Theology

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Songs for the New Life

Ear - ly , my God ! with - out de - lay , My thirst - y spir - it faints a - way , With - out
thy cheer - ing grace . ... Accept our faint attempts to love ; Our follies , Lord ,
forgive : We would be like thy saints above , And praise thee while we live . | 3 .

Author: Darius Eliot Jones

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015023387411

Category: Hymns, English

Page: 264

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The New Laudes Domini

Ere the winter storms begin : There , for ever purified , In God's garner to abide :
Come , ten thousand angels , come , Raise the glorious Harvest Home ! Henry
Alford . 1204 The ... 3 All our follies , Lord , forgive ! Cleanse us from each guilty ...

Author: Charles Seymour Robinson

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044052767696

Category: Baptists

Page: 534

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs

All is safely gathered in , Ere the winter storms begin : God , our Maker , doth pro -
vide For our wants to be sup - plied : Come to God's own temple , come , Raise
the song of Harvest - Home ! 1. ... 3 All our follies , Lord , forgive ! Cleanse us ...

Author: Charles S. Robinson

Publisher:

ISBN: UTEXAS:059171101321752

Category: Baptists

Page: 243

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music

All is safely gathered in , For our wants to be sup - plied : Come to God ' s own
temple , come , Raise the song of Harvest - Home ! 1 . While , with ceaseless
course , the ... 3 All our follies , Lord , forgive ! Cleanse us from each guilty stain ;
Let ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015023387767

Category: Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices)

Page: 243

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The Works of John Jewel

... and blushing , verily , M. Harding , he blushed 13 indeed , and is much
ashamed in your behalf , to see your follies . God give you grace that you may
blush at your misusing of God's people , lest ye have that face , that the prophet
saith is ...

Author: John Jewel

Publisher:

ISBN: KBNL:KBNL03000029620

Category: Reformation

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The New Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book

1 FREQUENT the day of God returns To shed its quickening beams ; And yet ,
how slow devotion burns ! How languid are its flames ! 2 Accept our faint attempts
to love ; Our follies , Lord , forgive : We would be like thy saints above , And
praise ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044023394547

Category: Hymns, English

Page: 504

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book

For the Service of Song in the House of the Lord Lowell Mason, Edwards Amasa
Park, Austin Phelps. DUNDEE . C. M. ? ... Accept our faint attempts to love ; Our
follies , Lord , forgive : We would be like thy saints above , 155 . And praise thee ...

Author: Lowell Mason

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044037741337

Category: Baptists

Page: 480

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