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 two plays our town and the skin of our teeth—and a us national book award for the novel the eighth day. Thornton niven wilder was born on april 17, 1897, in madison, wisconsin, the second son of four children of amos parker and isabella wilder in 1906 the family moved to china when his father became the united states consul-general in hong kong the teenager attended the english china inland mission. The first biography on thornton wilder, playwright, novelist, and literary icon, since 1983 thornton wilder: a life, by penelope niven i've explored the lives and work of american. Thornton wilder was a multiple pulitzer prize-winning novelist and playwright known for works like the bridge of san luis rey, the ides of march and our town playwright, author (1897–1975.
Penelope niven remembered posted on september 3, 2014 by mycroft it is with great sadness that we share with you the news that penelope niven, the author of the definitive biography thornton wilder: a life (harpercollins, 2012), passed away on august 28. A great literary biography commands our attention it sends us back to the texts and compels us to look at them again for the first time penelope niven’s biography of thornton wilder startles. Thornton niven wilder was born in madison, wisconsin on april 17, 1897, the son of amos parker wilder and isabella niven wilder his twin brother died at birth, and wilder grew up with an older brother, amos, and three younger sisters, charlotte, isabel, and janet. Biography of thornton wilder thornton wilder was born into a religious family in madison, wisconsin, on april 17th, 1897 the wilders spent thornton's early adolescence in shanghai and hong kong, where amos wilder served as consul general, before relocating to california.
Author david mccullough speaks after receiving the first spirit of the american revolution award at an event at the museum of the american revolution in center city, philadelphia on september 20, 2016. Writer thornton niven wilder was the second of five children in the family of a newspaper editor and a us diplomat, amos parker wilder, and isabella niven wilder he spent part of his childhood with his father, who was a consul general in hong kong and china between 1906 and 1914. Drawn from thousands of pages of letters, journals, manuscripts and other documents, this biography of playwright and novelist thornton wilder explores his public persona, his private. A very brief biography of thornton wilder can be found at the american memory project additional information on wilder and our town can be found on the pbs american masters website, available via the internet public library. Thornton wilder was a fellow at my college at yale here was a world-celebrated writer for us to talk to, to have lunch with—imagine—and he was easy to talk to, delightful later, while working in new york, i read the interview with him in the paris review.
A biography of thornton wilder, the pulitzer prize-winning playwright and novelist “opinions diverge as to whether a writer’s sex life is a legitimate field for public examination unless. Thornton wilder was born in madison, wisconsin, in 1897 he attended oberlin college in ohio and then transferred to yale university, graduating in 1920 after spending a year in rome, he took a job teaching french at a prep school in new jersey and started writing on the side. Thornton wilder (1897-1975) was an american novelist and playwright born on april 17th in madison wisconsin, usa educated at yale university, thornton wilder became famous as a novelist as well as a dramatist during world war ii, wilder served the nation being a lieutenant colonel in the us army air force intelligence. American author laura ingalls wilder was the creator of the much-loved children's series of little house books that recounted her life as a young girl on the western frontier during the late 1800s thornton wilder biography.
Summary thornton wilder was a famous writer from usa, who lived between april 17, 1897 and december 7, 1975he became 78 years old biography wilder was a diplomat's son and lived much of his childhood in china his older brother, amos, and their three younger sisters, charlotte, isabel and janet, were also authors with some success. American editor and anthologist clifton fadiman analyzing thornton wilder's play our town (1938) as a commentary britannica classic: “our town and ourselves” (29:35) american editor and anthologist clifton fadiman discussing elements of thornton wilder's play our town (1938)—its. Thornton wilder biography in the late 1930’s, americans were mired in the great depression and were looking for escapism both on the screen and on stage.
Thornton niven wilder (april 17, 1897 – december 7, 1975) was an american playwright and novelist he won three pulitzer prizes—for the novel the bridge of san luis rey and for the two plays our town and the skin of our teeth—and a us national book award for the novel the eighth day. Thornton niven wilder was born in madison, wisconsin, on april 17, 1897 he was a surviving twin, and all of his life he searched for the alter ego lost at birth he had an older brother by two. Those who know thornton wilder only as a novelist and playwright owe it to themselves to read his essays sharp, witty, original, cogent, perceptive and various, the open our eyes to fresh aspects of many writers we know well.