The Skin of Our Teeth

The Skin of Our Teeth

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by Thornton Wilder
     
 

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A timeless statement about human foibles . . . and human endurance, this beautiful new edition features Wilder's unpublished production notes, diary entries, and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder.

Time magazine called The Skin of Our Teeth "a sort of Hellzapoppin' with

Overview

A timeless statement about human foibles . . . and human endurance, this beautiful new edition features Wilder's unpublished production notes, diary entries, and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder.

Time magazine called The Skin of Our Teeth "a sort of Hellzapoppin' with brains," as it broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, and satire (among other styles), Thornton Wilder departs from his studied use of nostalgia and sentiment in Our Town to have an Eternal Family narrowly escape one disaster after another, from ancient times to the present. Meet George and Maggie Antrobus (married only 5,000 years); their two children, Gladys and Henry (perfect in every way!); and their maid, Sabina (the ageless vamp) as they overcome ice, flood, and war — by the skin of their teeth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060088934
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/27/2003
Series:
Perennial Classics Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
179,069
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Wilder's The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and films. (His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of Doubt [1943] remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day.) Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.

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The Skin of Our Teeth 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Might work better today with special effects like avator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
i found the play quite enjoyable. it started off quite interesting and had humour with some of the crazy themes such as an ice age and huge flood. i found the story hard to understand and very confusing though. The time line moved all over the place and ended up in world war 3.....very weird. i was not very satisfied with the ending but enjoyed the first half of the play...i think i would have to watch the play to fully grasp the story. if you enjoy a story with some stramge twists i recommend you read this..you may or may not enjoy it..i guess thats up to you to decide!!