Thornton Wilder (2432 words)


Thornton Niven Wilder is the only American writer to receive Pulitzer Prizes for both Drama (Our Town in 1938 and The Skin of Our Teeth in 1943) and Fiction (The Bridge of San Luis Rey in 1928). He also received the National Book Award for the novel The Eighth Day in 1968. Widely popular both in the United States and Europe, his work nevertheless inspired a number of critical controversies. A gifted prose stylist, an innovative and influential playwright, and a fiction writer who experimented with a number of forms, he is sometimes accused of creating a sentimental picture of America. Unarguably, Our Town is one of the most significant works of American literature in the twentieth century …

Citation: Wheatley, Christopher. "Thornton Wilder". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 March 2009 [, accessed 25 June 2021.]

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