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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thorton Wilder  

Pen Name: None


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''.

Published Works

  • The Cabala, Boni, 1926
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Boni, 1927
  • The Woman of Andros, Boni, 1930
  • Heaven`s My Destination, Longmans, Green, 1934
  • Ides of March, Harper, 1948
  • The Eighth Day, Harper, 1967
  • Theophilus North, Harper, 1973

Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Bard Books :. New York :. 1975.

Our town :
ISBN: 0573613494. OCLC Number:

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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.


  • Pulitzer Prize, 1928, Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • National Book Committee Medal for Literature, 1965