July 8, 2011 10:15:00 PM
When scholars and fans of the works of Tennessee Williams gathered in Nancy, France, June 23-25 for the centenary celebration "Tennessee Williams in Europe," the playwright''s first hometown was represented. Brenda Caradine and Jim DelPrince, both of Columbus, attended the event.
Del Prince, floral management professor at Mississippi State University, presented a paper on the flowers in the plays of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning author. The paper was prepared by students at MSU, assisted by instructor Lynette McDougald, manager of the MSU University Florist.
Caradine, chair of the annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes, was invited to talk of the work done in Columbus to preserve Williams'' literary legacy. More than 300 brochures for the Sept. 6-12 tribute were distributed to conference participants from France, Russia, Portugal, Sweden, England, Italy, Spain and many other countries, as well as several U.S. cities.
Williams, who would have turned 100 on March 26 of this year, was born in Columbus in 1911. For more information about the September tribute, visit muw.edu/tennesseewilliams.