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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)



Works Cited

Goldstone, Richard H. “Thornton Wilder: The Art of Fiction, No. 16.” The Paris Review, Issue 15, Winter 1956, Website.

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

Wilder, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey. 1927. Reprinted with a foreword by Russell Banks and an afterword by Tappan Wilder. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.

---. Our Town. 1938. Reprinted with foreword by Donald Margulies and an afterword by Tappan Wilder. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003.

Works Consulted

Harrison, Gilbert A. The Enthusiast: A Life of Thornton Wilder. New Haven, CT: Ticknor & Fields, 1983.

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

Acknowledgments

Literary rights provided courtesy of the Wilder Family LLC and The Barbara Hogenson Agency, Inc.

Writers: Dan Brady and Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts; “Introduction to Thornton Wilder” by Tappan Wilder, nephew of Thornton Wilder

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