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Thornton Wilder: The Eighth Day/Theophilus North/Autobiographical Writings

Thornton Wilder: The Eighth Day/Theophilus North/Autobiographical Writings

Thornton Wilder

ISBN: 9781598531466

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"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 Town" to 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.
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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