(1914-83) a major US writer of plays. These were often set in the South and about people with emotional and sexual problems, which many people found shocking when the plays were first performed. Two of his 24 plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), won Pulitzer Prizes. Others included The Glass Menagerie (1945), Sweet Bird of Youth (1959) and Night of the Iguana (1961). There have been film versions of many of them.