Tony Narducci Shares Intimate Details from Tennessee Williams’ Last Year

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‘In the Frightened Heart of Me’ recounts Williams’ last days from the perspective of an intimate friend and confidant.

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The book is a journey of self-discovery for me, and for Williams it is a story of his constant fear of dying alone, unloved, Narducci writes.

In his unprecedented, welcome new memoir “In the Frightened Heart of Me: Tennessee Williams’s Last Year” (published by iUniverse), author Tony Narducci recalls the details of traveling with famous playwright Tennessee Williams as his companion and assistant during the last year of his life.

Narducci met Williams in February 1982 and shared a number of adventures with him across the United States until Williams’ death in February 1983. Narducci had admired Williams’ work since adolescence, when he read “The Glass Menagerie” as a sophomore in high school. Since then, he read everything he could find by or about the noted playwright and thought of Williams as his literary hero.

“In the Frightened Heart of Me” gives a personal look into the life and art of Tennessee Williams. Narducci chronicles the events of the last year of Williams’ life and shares his own personal journey from aspiring filmmaker to successful business consultant.

“The book is a journey of self-discovery for me, and for Williams it is a story of his constant fear of dying alone, unloved,” Narducci writes. “With his illustrious career fading, Williams reveals that he didn’t feel loved by the people he loved most; in fact, he never heard the words ‘I love you.’ Perhaps he didn’t know how to recognize love because he never learned it. However, he did know how to translate pain into poetry.”

“In the Frightened Heart of Me”
By Tony Narducci
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 308 pages | ISBN 9781475965957
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 308 pages | ISBN 9781475965940
E-Book | 308 pages | ISBN 9781475965964
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Tony Narducci is a business consultant living in Chicago. His expertise is in building collaborative organizational cultures that foster learning and growth. For the past 20 years, working with Fortune 200 companies, Narducci has earned a reputation for producing qualitative and quantitative business results. This is his debut book.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations – self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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