Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder

ISBN-10: 1559361484
ISBN-13: 9781559361484
Edition: 1999
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Description: Thornton Wilder is best-known as the author of such highly regarded novels as The Bridge of San Luis Rey, but he was also a successful playwright (his plays remain among the best-loved in America). This is a collection of his short plays.

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Theatre Communications Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

Thornton Wilder is best-known as the author of such highly regarded novels as The Bridge of San Luis Rey, but he was also a successful playwright (his plays remain among the best-loved in America). This is a collection of his short plays.

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.

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