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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)

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124+ opere 16,414 membri 286 recensioni 22 preferito


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 mostra altro (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) mostra meno


Opere di Thornton Wilder

Piccola citta (1938) 5,123 copie
Il ponte di San Luis Rey (1927) 4,800 copie
Three Plays by Thornton Wilder (1938) 1,226 copie
L' ottavo giorno: romanzo (1967) 690 copie
Theophilus North (1973) 501 copie
The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) 413 copie
Il cielo e il mio destino (1935) 198 copie
The Cabala (1926) 155 copie
The Matchmaker (1955) 146 copie
L'ombra del dubbio [1943 film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 141 copie
The Woman of Andros (1930) 120 copie
Our Town | The Skin of Our Teeth (1982) — Autore — 29 copie
Il lungo pranzo di Natale (1933) — Autore — 29 copie
Pullman Car Hiawatha (1931) 15 copie
Queens of France (1931) 8 copie
The Drunken Sisters (1957) 6 copie
The Seven Deadly Sins (2012) 4 copie
The Ages of Man (2012) 2 copie
Plays 2 copie
Alcestiad (1977) 2 copie
Lesebuch (1985) 2 copie
Drámák (1981) 2 copie
Drammi brevi 1 copia
Insurgent 1 copia
Our Town (HHH Production) — Autore — 1 copia
Someone From Assisi (2014) 1 copia
Idi di marzo 1 copia
The Angel on the Ship (1928) 1 copia
Brother Fire 1 copia
Fanny Otcott 1 copia
Thornton Wilder Stories — Autore — 1 copia
Centaurs 1 copia
The Wreck on the 5 25 (2014) 1 copia
Leviathan 1 copia

Opere correlate

Edipo re (0429) — Introduzione, alcune edizioni6,643 copie
Casa di bambola (1879) — Traduttore, alcune edizioni5,426 copie
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Collaboratore — 288 copie
Famous American Plays of the 1940s (1900) — Collaboratore — 238 copie
Hello, Dolly! [1969 film] (1969) — Original play — 217 copie
This Is My Best (1942) — Collaboratore — 188 copie
Sixteen Famous American Plays (1941) — Playwright — 187 copie
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Collaboratore — 181 copie
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Collaboratore — 127 copie
One Act: Eleven Short Plays of the Modern Theater (1961) — Collaboratore — 106 copie
Contemporary Drama: 15 Plays (1959) — Collaboratore — 70 copie
10 Short Plays (1963) — Collaboratore — 65 copie
Morti senza tomba (1984) — Traduttore, alcune edizioni56 copie
Jacob's Dream (1946) — Introduzione, alcune edizioni47 copie
Contemporary Drama - 11 Plays (1956) — Collaboratore — 46 copie
Best American Plays: Fourth Series, 1951-1957 (1958) — Collaboratore — 43 copie
The Modern Theatre, Volume 4 (1956) — Collaboratore — 36 copie
Hello, Dolly! A Musical Play (1964) — Original story — 35 copie
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Collaboratore — 34 copie
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre [4-volume set] (1969) — Collaboratore — 33 copie
15 International One-Act Plays (1969) — Collaboratore — 32 copie
Theatre Experiment (1967) — Collaboratore — 29 copie
13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural (1990) — Collaboratore — 28 copie
Our Town [1940 film] (2000) — Original play — 28 copie
The Signet Book of Short Plays (2004) — Collaboratore — 28 copie
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Collaboratore — 27 copie
Hello, Dolly! Original 1964 Broadway Cast Recording (1964) — Original play — 27 copie
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [2004 film] (2004) — Original book — 24 copie
Twentieth-Century American Drama (2000) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
The Twelve Plays of Christmas (2000) — Collaboratore — 16 copie
Our Town [2003 TV movie] (2003) — Original play — 15 copie
A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Collaboratore — 8 copie
Los Premios Pulitzer de novela (I) (1970) — Collaboratore — 8 copie
Mr. North [1988 film] (2003) — Original play — 5 copie
The Matchmaker [1958 film] (1958) — Original play — 5 copie
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, Volume 2 (1969) — Collaboratore — 3 copie
The Undying Past (1961) — Collaboratore — 2 copie
Teatro Norteamericano contemporaneo — Collaboratore — 2 copie
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [1944 film] — Original novel — 1 copia
Short Plays for Reading and Acting (1970) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Teatru American Contemporan vol. 1 — Collaboratore — 1 copia


Informazioni generali

Nome canonico
Wilder, Thornton
Nome legale
Wilder, Thornton Niven
Data di nascita
Data di morte
Luogo di sepoltura
Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Luogo di nascita
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Luogo di morte
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Luogo di residenza
Chefoo, China
Ojai, California, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Douglas, Arizona, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Princeton University (MA|French|1926)
Yale University (BA|1920)
Oberlin College
American Academy in Rome
Berkeley High School
Creekside Middle School (mostra tutto 8)
China Inland Mission Chefoo School
The Thacher School
Attività lavorative
teacher (mostra tutto 12)
short-story writer
corporal (U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, WWI)
lieutenant colonel (U.S. Army Air Force Intelligence, WWII)
Wilder, Amos Niven (brother)
Wilder, Isabel (sister)
Dakin, Janet Wilder (sister)
Wilder, A. Tappan (nephew)
Wilder, Charlotte (sister)
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Modern Language Association of America (honorary member)
Authors Guild
Actors Equity Association
Hispanic Society of America (corresponding member)
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (West Germany) (mostra tutto 20)
Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (honorary member)
Century Association
Players (honorary member)
Graduate Club
Elizabethan Club
Alpha Delta Phi
United States Army (WWI ∙ WWII)
Harvard University (Charles Eliot Norton professor)
University of Chicago (professor)
Institut de Cooperation Intellectuélle ( [1937])
United States Department of State
International PEN Club Congress ( [1941])
UNESCO Conference of Arts ( [1952])
Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA (teacher)
Premi e riconoscimenti
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1927)
Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1938, 1943)
Chevalier, Legion of Honor (1951)
National Book Committee's National Medal for Literature (1965)
Edward MacDowell Medal (1960) (mostra tutto 21)
National Book Award for fiction (1968)
Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (1957)
Friedenspreis, Deutschen Buchhandels (1957)
Sonderpreis (1959)
Goethe medal (1959)
Gold Medal for Fiction, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1952)
Brandeis University Creative Arts Award for theater and film (1959-60)
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (2013)
Medal of the Order of Merit (Peru)
Order of Merit (West Germany)
Century Association Art Medal
Honorary member of Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Alpha Delta Phi
Breve biografia
Thornton Wilder was born on April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin to Isabella (Niven) Wilder and Amos Parker Wilder. He attended Oberlin College (1915-1917), received an A.B. from Yale University (1920), attended the American Academy in Rome (1920-1921), and received an A.M. from Princeton University (1926). He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, receiving the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.

Wilder is best known as an author of novels, plays, and screenplays. Among his many published novels and plays, he wrote three Pulitzer Prize winning works: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928), Our Town (1938), and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). He also won the Gold Medal for fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1952), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963), the National Book Committee's National Medal for Literature (1965), and the National Book Award (1968).

Wilder was a lecturer in comparative literature at the University of Chicago (1930-1936), a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii (1935), and Charles Eliot Norton Professor of poetry at Harvard University (1950-1951).

Wilder received honorary degrees from New York University, Yale University, Kenyon College, College of Wooster, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Oberlin College, University of New Hampshire, and University of Zurich.

Thornton Wilder died in 1975



A play in three acts, this is the story of George Gibbs and Emily Webb in Grover's Corner, New Hampshire early in May 1901. The set is sparse, with two tables on opposite sides of the stage representing the kitchens of the Gibbs and Webb homes. There is also a ladder that represents the upper floor of the houses. There is a Stage Manager who narrates the action and occasionally steps into the play's action himself. The play follows the life cycle of George and Emily and their families from their childhood, marriage, responsibility, birth, and death. The action is normal every day activities such as the milkman delivering milk, women going and coming from choir practice, George and Emily coming home from school and doing homework. There are few props, with most activities being pantomimed by the actors.… (altro)
baughga | 68 altre recensioni | Mar 24, 2024 |
The last time I read this was in AP English back in 1983. 😳 After reading TOM LAKE, I had to revisit it, and I'm so glad I did. I remember finding it pointless at the tender and stupid age of 17. What the hell was wrong with me? Such a poignant reminder to carpe diem--especially the most mundane moments of our lives because going about our daily business is the life of living and we must cherish every single second. Thanks, TW, for the reminder.
crabbyabbe | 68 altre recensioni | Mar 15, 2024 |
The Eighth Day is a 1967 novel by Thornton Wilder. Set in a mining town in southern Illinois, the plot revolves around John Barrington Ashley, who is accused of murdering his neighbor Breckenridge Lansing. The novel was written over the course of twenty months while Wilder was living alone in Douglas, Arizona. The Eighth Day was the 1968 winner of the National Book Award.
RedeemedRareBooks | 12 altre recensioni | Mar 6, 2024 |
“Either we live by accident and die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan.”

The finest footbridge in Peru, the bridge of San Luis Rey, breaks and five people die. Brother Juniper witnessed the tragedy and is resolved to investigate and understand why those five met with that fate.
Doña María and Pepita. Esteban. Uncle Pio and Don Jamie.

Beautifully written, with flowery language and a strong sense of place and people of Lima and the places around it. Definitely glad that I finally read this!

And what an ending!:

"But soon we shall die and all the memory of those five will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. Even memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."
… (altro)
Stahl-Ricco | 118 altre recensioni | Jan 20, 2024 |


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