Thornton wilder's biography by penelope niven is a must read in his 1927 pulitzer-prize winning novel, the bridge of san luis rey (luis pronounced loo-eess), thornton wilder wrote the eventually much-repeated line the art of biography is more difficult than is generally supposed.
Thornton wilder: a life [penelope niven, edward albee] thornton wilder—three-time pulitzer prize winner, “almost everybody knows our town, but very few people really know thornton wilder penelope niven’s fascinating biography changes that once and for all. Prize winners the 1938 pulitzer prize winner in drama for the original american play, performed in new york, which shall best represent in marked fashion the educational value and power of the stage, preferably dealing with american life, $1,000.
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. 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.
Thornton niven wilder biography: produced april 17, 1897, in madison, wisconsin, thornton wilder released his debut novel, the cabala, in 1926 he won the 1928 pulitzer prize for the bridge of san luis rey, along with the 1938 and 1943 prizes in play for our town and the skin of our teeth, respectively. Thornton niven wilder was born on april 17, 1897, in madison, wisconsin, into a family with a strong new england protestant background: congregationalist on his father amos’s side, presbyterian. Fans and scholars of pulitzer prize-winning playwright and novelist thornton wilder will delight in niven's comprehensive and engaging biography the real value of her extensive research comes in the seamless weaving of letters and journals that make up the full tapestry of the writer's life.
Thornton wilder (1897–1975) was a pivotal figure in the literary history of the twentieth-century he is the only writer to win pulitzer prizes for both fiction and drama he received the pulitzer for his novel the bridge of san luis rey (1927) and the plays our town (1938) and the skin of our teeth (1942. 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 synopsis born april 17, 1897, in madison, wisconsin, thornton wilder released his debut novel, the cabala , in 1926.
Pulitzer prize for the novel (1927), pulitzer prize for drama (1938, 1942), national book award for fiction (1968) thornton niven wilder (april 17, 1897 – december 7, 1975) was an american playwright and novelist.