"Thornton Wilder: A Life brings readers face to face with the extraordinary man who made words come alive around the world, on the stage and on the page."
—James Earl Jones, actor
"Comprehensive and wisely fashioned….This book is a splendid and long needed work."
—Edward Albee, playwright
Thornton Wilder—three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, creator of such enduring stage works as Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and beloved novels like Bridge of San Luis Ray and Theophilus North—was much more than a pivotal figure in twentieth century American theater and literature. He was a world-traveler, a student, a teacher, a soldier, an actor, a son, a brother, and a complex, intensely private man who kept his personal life a secret. In Thornton Wilder: A Life, author Penelope Niven pulls back the curtain to present a fascinating, three-dimensional portrait one of America's greatest playwrights, novelists, and literary icons.
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Perhaps understandably in a book this big...about a life this wide ranging, Ms. Niven’s biography flags a bit in the late going, as Wilder’s literary output wanes, and is occasionally marred by repetition.Read Full Review of Thornton Wilder: A Life | See more reviews from NY Times
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