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Thornton Wilder

a.k.a. Thornton Niven Wilder

Author Code: ATNW

Born: Apr. 17, 1897 - Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Died: Dec. 7, 1975 - Hamden, Connecticut, USA

From a very early age, Wilder showed an interest in writing plays. Living for a time in China, he was educated at the China Inland Mission Chafoo School before returning to America in 1912. Living in California, Wilder graduated from Berkeley High School in 1915 and then spent three months in the Army Coast Artillery Corps. He then went to Oberlin College and Yale University where he received a BA in 1920. At Yale, he was a member of a literary society. Wilder then went to Princeton where he received his MA in French in 1926. After graduation, he travelled to Europe and studied in Rome before returning to teach French in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. In 1926, he published Cabala, his first novel. The following year, he published The Bridge of San Luis Rey and achieved instant success. The book won the Pulitzer Prize and established Wilder's reputation. He had a number of minor successes with his novels and plays during the early 1930s and in 1938, scored another winner with his play Our Town, and another Pulitzer Prize. During World War II he attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Intelligence. Following the war, he taught at Harvard for a year, but soon returned to writing full-time. Wilder also translated many works. His 1942 play, The Skin of Our Teeth, saw him achieve his third Pulitzer Prize. His other works include The Woman of Andros (1930), The Long Christmas Dinner and Other Plays in One Act (1931), Heaven's My Destination (1935), Ides of March (1948), The Matchmaker (1954), Childhood (1960), The Eighth Day (1967) and Theophilus North (1973).

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
ATNW001 Our Town [Play] 1938 63 317k eBook Download PDF - 'Our Town [Play]' (ATNW001)   Download ePub - 'Our Town [Play]' (ATNW001) Find a printed copy of Our Town [Play] by Thornton Wilder at AbeBooks

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