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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin


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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- "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