Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays and Writings on Theater

Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays and Writings on Theater


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ISBN-13: 9781598530032
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 03/15/2007
Series: Library of America Series
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.17(h) x 1.48(d)

About the Author

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and drama.

J. D. McClatchy is the author of numerous collections of poems, prose, and libretti. He has edited editions of the poetry of James Merrill and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He teaches at Yale University, where he was the longtime editor of the Yale Review.

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Edward Albee

While all of Wilder's work is intelligent, non-synthetic and often moving, as well as funny, it is Our Town that makes the difference. It probably the finest play ever written by an American.

John Guare

The Library of America earns a standing ovation from grateful theater lovers for its triumphant assemblage of all of Thornton Wilder's dramatic writings into one magnificent, indispensable volume. Seeing the totality of this great American playwright's dizzyingly, dazzlingly wide range of work will be especially revelatory for a new generation of playwrights.

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Thornton Wilder: Collected Plays and Writings on Theater 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jerebishopfranco More than 1 year ago
Thornton Wilder is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Every reader who is seriously interested in literature should have this book in his or her library.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The working title of "The Skin of Our Teeth" was "The Ends of the Worlds." But, the end of Wilder's world is the threat of an ice age coming down from the chilly Canadian north (in act I). In fact, the entire play takes on a chronological time warp through Biblical, prehistoric and postwar environments. George and Maggie Antrobus, their children and house maid are the central characters of this play within a play. While the Antrobus characters remain constant, the house maid, Sabina does not. It is interesting to note that for the first and third acts she remains their maid and yet in the second act she is a femme fatale of sorts. Another inconsistent is the time line. Periods in history are jumbled together and stretched apart. Characters like Homer and Moses come to visit. A mammoth and dinosaur are the family pets. In the end the punchline is Mr. Antrobus, turning the fate of life over to us, the audience of this play within a play.