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General Information

Name:  Thorton Wilder  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin

Died: December 7, 1975, at his home in Hamden, Connecticut

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Illinois Connection

Thornton lived in Chicago from 1930 - 1936 while he lectured on literature for the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thornton Wilder is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist. His plays are performed all over the United States. His best known work is his play ''Our Town''.


Bridge of San Luis Rey

Pulitzer Prize, 1928

The Eighth Day

National Book Award, 1968

Other Awards and Honors

Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, 1957

Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1963

National Book Committee Medal for Literature, 1965

Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Heaven's my destination /
ISBN: 0380003317. OCLC Number: 38744804

Bard Books :. .

La Cábala
ISBN: 8435008207. OCLC Number: 971868256

Edhasa,. .

Los idus de Marzo
ISBN: 8435005577. OCLC Number: 26235960

Edhasa,. .

Our town :
ISBN: 0573613494. OCLC Number: 773139

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A play about the residents of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, during the early years of the twentieth century, performed by actors working without props on a virtually empty stage.

The eighth day ;
ISBN: 9781598531466. OCLC Number: 731911840

Library of America,. .

The Eighth Day (1967), an enthralling novel in which Wilder revisits the small-town America of Our Town to stage a philosophical who-dunit; a wrongful conviction for murder and a daring rescue frame a meditation on the mysteriousness of justice, fate, and the impassioned will, for which nothing is impossible. Wilder's final novel, the semi-autobiographical Theophilus North (1973), is an affectionate portrait of Newport, Rhode Island, in the 1920s and a playful, valedictory glance at Wilder's young manhood. As a special feature, this third and final volume of The Library of America edition of Wilder's collected works includes three never-before-published chapters from Wilder's unfinished autobiography in which he engagingly recalls his boarding school experience in China, his college days at Yale, and an uneasy visit to Salzburg just before the Nazi Anschluss.

Theophilus North
ISBN: 0060146362. OCLC Number: 673290

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A young man drifts into Newport and in his short stay of four months gently influences the lives of various people during the 1920's.