Search Results: "Thornton Wilder"


BOOK REVIEW

THORNTON WILDER by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Although at times overwhelmed by her own research, Niven creates a perceptive, indispensable portrait of a productive and restlessly intellectual life."
A satisfying and insightful, if overlong, picture of a solitary writer who never stopped being a family man. Read full book review >

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A THORNTON WILDER TRIO by Thornton Wilder
Released: Nov. 8, 1956

"Wilder's popularity has grown with the success of his plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and it is high time that his earlier works (his first novel dates back thirty years) again available, not only for students who accept his place in the American scene, but for a general public."
Malcom Cowley has re-evaluated Wilder's work in his introduction to this reissue of The Cabala, The Woman of Andros (both out of print for some time) and Wilder's best known work The Bridge of San Lur. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 1985

"And for those readers who have enjoyed his writings, the sound of his clear, literate voice speaking once again from the page should be a welcome reunion."
These journals are in no way a substitute for the autobiography Wilder never wrote but, on the 10th anniversary of his death, they provide an engrossing journey through the landscapes of one of America's most wide-ranging literary minds of the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Perhaps the most convincing marker of the success of this collection is that, in addition to conveying so much about these correspondents, it prompts one to regret anew the decline of letter writing."
By giving both sides of an ongoing written conversation, this useful collection offers an unusual portrait of a long and important literary friendship. Read full book review >

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Wilder by Rebecca Yarros
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"Intelligent and fun, this fast-paced tale delivers kaleidoscopic settings and an adventurous love story."
Yarros (Ignite: Legacy, 2016, etc.) offers a shipboard romance between an extreme sports athlete and his ambitious tutor.Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 24, 1979

"A weak potpourri, then, not quite justified by that one grand essay."
The three-part title essay here is Wilder's reworking of sections from his 1950 Norton lectures at Harvard — and, though hardly profound, it shows Wilder at his most topsyturvy thoughtful and folksy-smart eloquent. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 18, 1947

"An interesting and original bit of creative writing- a tour de force, perhaps, but provocative."
The author of The Bridge of San Luis Rey commands a definite and fairly predictable market among the intellectuals. Read full book review >

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THE EIGHTH DAY by Thornton Wilder
Released: March 29, 1967

"Unfortunately, the Christian humanism, the provincial earnestness on which everything rests seems both too decent and distant for our age."
In his evangelical dotage, Tolstoy disowned not only his masterpieces but the complex world of art as wells the simple soul, the peasant, the pure of heart—these were those to whom he directed his later works. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 17, 1973

Wilder, whether in ancient Rome or Grover's Corners, whether concerned with cosmic laughter or morning pancakes, has worked easily within popular archetypes — his characters exist in a comfortable dreamy distance yet are as instantly familiar as an image in an attic mirror. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 20, 1968

"The publishers feel that Wilder's 1967 National Book Award, for The Eighth Day, has created a new audience for these early works."
Two early Wilder opuses, his first novel, The Cabala (1926) and his third. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 1957

"The Matchmaker has never been published previously, and Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth are both Pulitzer Prize winners."
A one-volume presentation of Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth and The Matchmaker will have a new introduction by the author and the plays include some passages omitted in the original version. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1942

"Sure to arouse interest and controversy everywhere."
This strange fantasy is a startling success on Broadway, where seats are sold out two months ahead. Read full book review >