Thornton Wilder The Eighth Day - Theophilus North - Autobiographical Writings

ISBN-10: 1598531468
ISBN-13: 9781598531466
Edition: 2011
Authors: J. D. McClatchy
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 2/2/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 864
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

"The best thing he ever wrote," observed Edmund Wilson of Thornton Wilder's National Book Award winner The Eighth Day(1967), an enthralling novel that shows Wilder revisiting the small-town America of Our Townto fashion a philosophical whodunit. A wrongful conviction for murder and a daring rescue lead to a meditation on justice, destiny, and "the impassioned will," for which "nothing is impossible." Wilder's last novel, the semi-autobiographical Theophilus North(1973), is an affectionate portrait of Newport, Rhode Island, in the 1920s and a playful, valedictory glance at Wilder's young manhood. Completing this volume are three never-before- published reminiscences taken from an unfinished autobiography in which Wilder engagingly recalls his childhood stay at a boarding school in China, his time as an undergraduate at Yale, and the uneasy experience of visiting Salzburg not long before Austria was annexed by the Nazis.

J. D. McClatchy is the author of four books of poems, two books of literary essays, & four opera libretti. He is the editor of "The Yale Review" & a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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