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Heaven's My Destination

ISBN-10: 0060088893
ISBN-13: 9780060088897
Edition: 2003
Authors: Thornton Wilder
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Description: Drawing on such unique sources as the author's unpublished letters, business records, and obscure family recollections, Tappan Wilder's Afterword adds a special dimension to the reissue of this hilarious tale about goodness in a fallen world. Meet  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Drawing on such unique sources as the author's unpublished letters, business records, and obscure family recollections, Tappan Wilder's Afterword adds a special dimension to the reissue of this hilarious tale about goodness in a fallen world. Meet George Marvin Brush -- Don Quixote come to Main Street in the Great Depression, and one of Thornton Wilder's most memorable characters. George Brush, a traveling textbook salesman, is a fervent religious convert who is determined to lead a good life. With sad and sometimes hilarious consequences, his travels take him through smoking cars, bawdy houses, banks, and campgrounds from Texas to Illinois -- and into the soul of America itself.

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 (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.

Foreword
George Brush tries to save some souls in Texas and Oklahoma
Doremus Blodgett and Margie McCoy
Thoughts on arriving at the age of twenty-three
Brush draws his savings from the bank
His criminal record: Incarceration No. 2
Oklahoma City
Chiefly conversation
The adventure in the barn
Margie McCoy gives some advice
Good times at Camp Morgan
Dick Roberts' nightmares
Dinner with Mississippi Corey
Further good times at Camp Morgan
Important conversation with a girl named Jessie Mayhew
Dick Roberts' nightmares concluded
George Brush refuses some money
Kansas City
Queenie's boarding-house
First word of Father Pasziewski
George Brush drunk and disorderly
Kansas City
Sunday dinner at Ma Crofut's
More news of Father Pasziewski
A moment of dejection in a Kansas City hospital
Three adventures of varying educational importance: the evangelist; the medium; first steps in ahimsa
Kansas City
The courting of Roberta Weyerhauser
Herb's legacies
Ozarksville, Missouri
Rhoda May Gruber
Mrs. Efrim's hold-up man
George Brush's criminal record: Incarceration No. 3
Ozarksville, Missouri
George Brush meets a great man and learns something of importance about himself
The trial
A road in Missouri
Chiefly conversation, including the account of a religious conversion
George Brush again sins against ahimsa
Kansas City
Serious conversation in a park
A wedding
Practically an American home
George Brush loses something
Last news of Father Pasziewski
Thoughts on arriving at the age of twenty-four
Afterword
Acknowledgments

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