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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)

Autor(a) de Our Town

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais (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) mostrar menos


Obras por Thornton Wilder

Our Town (1938) 5,119 exemplares
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) 4,799 exemplares
Three Plays by Thornton Wilder (1938) 1,226 exemplares
The Ides of March (1948) 947 exemplares
The Eighth Day (1967) 690 exemplares
Theophilus North (1973) 501 exemplares
The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) 413 exemplares
Heaven's My Destination (1935) 198 exemplares
The Cabala (1926) 155 exemplares
The Matchmaker (1955) 146 exemplares
Shadow of a Doubt [1943 film] (1943) — Screenwriter — 141 exemplares
The Woman of Andros (1930) 120 exemplares
The Long Christmas Dinner and Other Plays in One Act (1931) — Autor — 68 exemplares
The Cabala | The Woman of Andros (2007) 56 exemplares
The Long Christmas Dinner (1933) — Autor — 29 exemplares
Our Town | The Skin of Our Teeth (1982) — Autor — 29 exemplares
Pullman Car Hiawatha (1931) 15 exemplares
Childhood: A Comedy in One Act (2011) 10 exemplares
Queens of France (1931) 8 exemplares
Infancy: A Comedy in One Act (1961) 7 exemplares
The Drunken Sisters (1957) 6 exemplares
The Seven Deadly Sins (2012) 4 exemplares
Obras escogidas 2 exemplares
Plays 2 exemplares
The Ages of Man (2012) 2 exemplares
Lesebuch (1985) 2 exemplares
Drámák (1981) 2 exemplares
Alcestiad (1977) 2 exemplares
Someone From Assisi (2014) 1 exemplar
Idi di marzo 1 exemplar
L'Ottavo giorno 1 exemplar
Atti in tre minuti 1 exemplar
Piccola città 1 exemplar
Drammi brevi 1 exemplar
Autumn Thunder 1 exemplar
Our Town (HHH Production) — Autor — 1 exemplar
Thornton Wilder Stories — Autor — 1 exemplar
Insurgent 1 exemplar
Nascuntur Poetæ 1 exemplar
Leviathan 1 exemplar
Thirteen Plays 1 exemplar
Shadow of a Doubt 1 exemplar
The Angel on the Ship (1928) 1 exemplar
Brother Fire 1 exemplar
Fanny Otcott 1 exemplar
The Wreck on the 5 25 (2014) 1 exemplar
Three Stories by 1 exemplar
Stories and Essays 1 exemplar
Centaurs 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Oedipus Rex (0429) — Introdução, algumas edições6,641 exemplares
A Doll's House (1879) — Tradutor, algumas edições5,427 exemplares
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Contribuidor — 288 exemplares
Famous American Plays of the 1940s (1900) — Contribuidor — 238 exemplares
Hello, Dolly! [1969 film] (1969) — Original play — 217 exemplares
This Is My Best (1942) — Contribuidor — 188 exemplares
Sixteen Famous American Plays (1777) — Playwright — 187 exemplares
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Contribuidor — 181 exemplares
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Playwrights on Playwriting: The Meaning and Making of Modern Drama from Ibsen to Ionesco (1960) — Contribuidor, algumas edições110 exemplares
One Act: Eleven Short Plays of the Modern Theater (1961) — Contribuidor — 106 exemplares
Contemporary Drama: 15 Plays (1959) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
10 Short Plays (1963) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Victors (1984) — Tradutor, algumas edições56 exemplares
Jacob's Dream (1946) — Introdução, algumas edições46 exemplares
Contemporary Drama - 11 Plays (1956) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Best American Plays: Fourth Series, 1951-1957 (1958) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Twenty One-Act Plays: An Anthology for Amateur Performing Groups (1978) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
The Modern Theatre, Volume 4 (1956) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Hello, Dolly! A Musical Play (1964) — Original story — 35 exemplares
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
A Treasury of the Theatre: From Henrik Ibsen to Eugène Ionesco (1960) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre [4-volume set] (1969) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
15 International One-Act Plays (1969) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Theatre Experiment (1967) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural (1990) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Our Town [1940 film] (2000) — Original play — 28 exemplares
The Signet Book of Short Plays (2004) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Hello, Dolly! Original 1964 Broadway Cast Recording (1964) — Original play — 27 exemplares
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [2004 film] (2004) — Original book — 24 exemplares
Twentieth-Century American Drama (2000) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Twelve Plays of Christmas (2000) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Half-a-Hundred Stories for Men, Great Tales by American Writers (1945) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Our Town [2003 TV movie] (2003) — Original play — 15 exemplares
A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Los Premios Pulitzer de novela (I) (1970) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Mr. North [1988 film] (2003) — Original play — 5 exemplares
The Matchmaker [1958 film] (1958) — Original play — 5 exemplares
Thornton Wilder's Our Town [1989 TV episode] (2005) — Play — 4 exemplares
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, Volume 2 (1969) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The Undying Past (1961) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Teatro Norteamericano contemporaneo — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [1944 film] — Original novel — 1 exemplar
Short Plays for Reading and Acting (1970) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Teatru American Contemporan vol. 1 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

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Wilder, Thornton
Nome legal
Wilder, Thornton Niven
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Local de nascimento
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Local de falecimento
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Locais de residência
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 (mostrar todos 8)
China Inland Mission Chefoo School
The Thacher School
teacher (mostrar todos 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) (mostrar todos 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)
Prémios e menções honrosas
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) (mostrar todos 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

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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.… (mais)
baughga | 68 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | 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 outras críticas | 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."
… (mais)
Stahl-Ricco | 118 outras críticas | Jan 20, 2024 |


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Eric Fuentecilla Cover designer
Gerd Grimm Cover artist
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Simon Koene Illustrator
Laura Colan Cover Photographer
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Robert Nix Cover designer
Maugham William Illustrator
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Sándor Filep Illustrator
Sam Waterson Narrator
Rockwell Kent Illustrator
Kay Boyle Introduction
Mark Cohen Cover designer
Monteiro Lobato Translator
Clare Leighton Illustrator
Dan Reed Cover artist
Granville Hicks Introduction
Jean Charlot Illustrator
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Peter Bergsma Translator
Brigitte Jakobeit Übersetzer
Ines Buhofer Nachwort
Amy Drevenstedt Illustrator
Russell Banks Foreword
Alex Tsao Illustrator
Piper Goodeve Narrator
Fernanda Pivano Translator
Jane Copland Narrator
Ernest Folch Translator
Morag Sims Narrator
Brooks Atkinson Introduction
Gary Furlong Narrator
Kurt Vonnegut Foreword
Peter Noble Narrator
Ernest Riera Translator
Derek Perkins Narrator
Joan Walker Narrator
Malcolm Cowley Introduction
Hans Sahl Translator
Vappu Roos Translator
John Guare Introduction
Wilhelm Rossi Foreword
F. J. O'Neil additional materials
Willi Klar Photographer
Henning Boehlke Cover designer
Isabel Wilder Foreword


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