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Thornton Wilder:The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Other Novels 1926-1948 (Library of America No. 194) Hardcover – August 20, 2009

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About the Author

J. D. McClatchy, editor, is the author of many books of poetry and essays, including, for The Library of America, American Writers at Home. He wrote the libretto for Ned Rorem's operatic version of Wilder's Our Town. He teaches at Yale University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 750 pages
  • Publisher: The Library of America; 1st edition (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598530453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598530452
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975) is 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 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, opera, and film. His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943) remains a classic psychological 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barb in NJ on October 16, 2010
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He was such a fine writer. Our Town, which is not in this book, was one of those plays we had to read in high school and resonates to this day. But I had never read The Bridge of San Luis Rey, so I bought this book to read that and to sample some of his other novels.
I took my time reading every word (sometimes reading sections more than once) and tried to absorb all of his detailed descriptions, which really add to the richness of the experience. I thought the Bridge of San Luis Rey was wonderful. I liked all of the other stories, although some more than others. I learned something from each novel - either about his time and place or the times and places he created. It was all worth the effort.
One observation: The font is very small and the line spacing practically non-existent, so you might need an index card or something like that to make the reading easier.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samuel J. Mcnaughton on October 30, 2009
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The Library of America is a "can't lose" situation for purchasers and this volume is no exception. The book includes an excellent selection, is intelligently edited, includes a good summary of Wilder's life, is bound and printed well, and is a financial bargain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HealthSmart on November 4, 2014
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For novels and stories written more than half-a-century ago, it's amazing how true to the moment Thornton Wilder's characters are. A lot of his work deals with religious themes, but not in an overbearing, evangelical way. Rather, he seems to get to the heart of asking how faith and humanity interact and the failings of both in the effort! He has such an outstanding eye for human nature--you'll read about people you know in his work. And the story lines always have an interesting little twist in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hoobler on February 20, 2013
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A wonderful book. I had forgotten just how moving and how beautiful this classic truly is. I recommend it to any serious reader. I makes much contemporary writing seem very thin indeed.
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