Thornton Wilder
#2989 Overall Influence

Thornton Wilder

American playwright and novelist

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Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes–for the novel

The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and for the plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth– and a U.S. National Book Award for the novel The Eighth Day.

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Bright Notes Cover for Our Town and Other Works by Thornton Wilder
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Bright Notes Study Guide to Our Town and Other Works by Thornton Wilder
  • Study Guide: Our Town and Other Works by Thornton Wilder

    Titles in this study guide include The Cabala, The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, Heaven’s My Destination, Our Town, and The Skin of Our Teeth. As a collection of twentieth-century literature, Wilder’s work was influenced by his religious background, his love of classicism, and his worldwide travels. Moreover, many of his stories explored humanist themes and biblical motifs and allusions.

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University of Chicago
University of Chicago

Private research university in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Oberlin College
Oberlin College

Private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, United States

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Princeton University
Princeton University

Private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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