Our Town: A Play in Three Acts: Deluxe Modern Classic

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts: Deluxe Modern Classic

by Thornton Wilder


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This beautiful new edition features an eyeopening Afterword written by Tappan Wilder that includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062280817
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Series: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 747,314
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Donald Margulies xi

Addendum to the Foreword of the 75th Anniversary Edition xxi

Our Town 3

A play in three acts

Afterword Tappan Wilder 107

Overview 113

Readings 131

Acknowledgments 189

Source Material and Subsidiary Works 195

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