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The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town

The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

It seems to me that my books are about: what is the worst thing that the world can do to you, and what are the last resources one has to oppose it.

Thornton Wilder in the role of George Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth (Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Selected Works by Thornton Wilder

The Cabala, 1926 (novel)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, 1927 (novel)
The Woman of Andros, 1930 (novel)
Heaven’s My Destination, 1935 (novel)
Our Town, 1938 (play)
The Skin of Our Teeth, 1942 (play)
The Ides of March, 1948 (novel)
The Alcestiad, 1955 (play)
The Matchmaker, 1955 (play)
The Eighth Day, 1967 (novel)
Theophilus North, 1973 (novel)

Wilder Anthologies

Wilder, Thornton. The Collected Short Plays of Thornton Wilder. 2 vols. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1997-98.

Wilder, Thornton. Collected Plays and Writings on Theater. Ed. J. D. McClatchy. New York: Library of America, 2007.

Works about Wilder

Niven, Penelope. Thornton Wilder: A Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012.

Wilder, Robin G. and Jackson R. Bryer, eds. The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2008.


The Thornton Wilder Society
Dedicated to preserving and expanding the legacy of Thornton Wilder, the society offers events, a newsletter, educational resources, and a comprehensive website.

PBS Masterpiece Theater: Our Town
The online companion to PBS’s 2003 production of Our Town starring Paul Newman, this website presents essays, interviews, teaching materials, and a bibliography for additional resources on Thornton Wilder and Our Town.

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