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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)

Author of Our Town

Includes the names: T. Uajlder, Thorton Wilder, Thornton Wilder, Thornton Niven Wilder, Торнтон Уайлдер

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One of the most honored and versatile of modern writers, Thornton Wilder combined a career as a successful novelist with work for the theater that made him one of this century's outstanding dramatists. It was an early short novel, however, that first brought him fame. The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), a bestseller that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927, is the story of a group of assorted people who happen to be on a bridge in Peru when it collapses. Ingeniously constructed and rich in its philosophical implications about fate and synchronicity, Wilder's book would seem to be the first well-known example of a formula that has become a cliche in popular literature. His attraction to classical themes is manifested in The Woman of Andros (1930), a tragedy about young love in pre-Christian Greece, and The Ides of March (1948), set in the time of Julius Caesar and told in letters and documents covering a long span of years. Heaven's My Destination (1934), is a seriocomic and picaresque story about a young book salesman traveling through the Midwest during the early years of the Great Depression.Theophilus North (1973), Wilder's last novel, disappointed many reviewers, but it provided its author with opportunities to offer some wry observations on the life of the idle rich in Newport during the summer of 1926 and to ponder in the story of his alter ego what might have happened if Wilder had stayed home, so to speak, instead of becoming Thornton Wilder. As a serious writer of fiction, Wilder's main claim rests on The Eighth Day (1967), an intellectual thriller, which the N.Y. Times called "the most substantial fiction of his career." It won the National Book Award for fiction in 1968. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Our Town (Author) 4,403 copies, 61 reviews
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Author) 4,337 copies, 105 reviews
The Ides of March (Author) 813 copies, 15 reviews
The Eighth Day (Author) 634 copies, 12 reviews
Theophilus North 456 copies, 5 reviews
The Skin of Our Teeth 366 copies, 8 reviews
Heaven's My Destination 177 copies, 3 reviews
The Cabala 140 copies, 6 reviews
The Matchmaker (Author) 129 copies, 4 reviews
Shadow of a Doubt [1943 film] (Screenwriter) 112 copies, 2 reviews
The Woman of Andros 106 copies, 3 reviews
From the American Drama (Contributor) 32 copies
The Long Christmas Dinner (Author) 26 copies
Our Town | The Skin of Our Teeth (Author) 24 copies, 1 review
Plays 2 copies
Lesebuch 2 copies
Drámák 1 copy
Thornton Wilder Stories (Author) 1 copy
Three Stories by 1 copy, 1 review
Centaurs 1 copy
Leviathan 1 copy
Oedipus Rex (Introduction, some editions) 5,833 copies, 63 reviews
A Doll's House (Translator, some editions) 4,847 copies, 78 reviews
24 Favorite One Act Plays (Contributor) 246 copies, 1 review
Famous American Plays of the 1940s (Contributor) 203 copies, 1 review
Hello, Dolly! [1969 film] (Original story) 176 copies
Stories to Remember {complete} (Contributor) 175 copies, 2 reviews
Sixteen Famous American Plays (Playwright) 162 copies, 1 review
This Is My Best (Contributor) 162 copies
Stories to Remember, Volume II (Contributor) 114 copies, 2 reviews
Playwrights on Playwriting: The Meaning and Making of Modern Drama from… (Contributor, some editions) 99 copies, 2 reviews
One Act: Eleven Short Plays of the Modern Theater (Contributor) 88 copies, 1 review
Contemporary Drama: 15 Plays (Contributor) 67 copies, 1 review
10 Short Plays (Contributor) 54 copies
The Victors (Translator, some editions) 50 copies, 2 reviews
Jacob's Dream (Introduction, some editions) 43 copies, 1 review
Contemporary Drama - 11 Plays (Contributor) 38 copies
Hello, Dolly! A Musical Play (Original story) 34 copies, 1 review
XII Twelve Short Novels (Contributor) 30 copies
15 International One-Act Plays (Contributor) 28 copies
The Signet Book of Short Plays (Contributor) 27 copies
Theatre Experiment (Contributor) 27 copies
Hello, Dolly! Original 1964 Broadway Cast Recording (Original book) 23 copies, 1 review
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [2004 film] (Original book) 20 copies, 1 review
Twentieth-Century American Drama (Contributor) 16 copies
The Twelve Plays of Christmas (Contributor) 13 copies
Our Town [2003 TV movie] (Original play) 11 copies
Our Town [1940 film] (Original play) 11 copies
Mr. North [1988 film] (Original play) 5 copies
The Matchmaker [1958 film] (Original play) 5 copies
The Undying Past (Contributor) 1 copy

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