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The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town

The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

It seems to me that my books are about: what is the worst thing that the world can do to you, and what are the last resources one has to oppose it.

Thornton Wilder in the role of George Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth (Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)


Burbank, Rex J. Thornton Wilder. 2nd ed. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1978.

Goldstein, Malcolm. The Art of Thornton Wilder. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1965.

Grebanier, Bernard. Thornton Wilder. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1964.

Harrison, Gilbert A. The Enthusiast: A Life of Thornton Wilder. New Haven, CT: Ticknor & Fields, 1983.

Niven, Penelope. Thornton Wilder: A Life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2012.

Siebold, Thomas, ed. Readings on "Our Town." San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000.

Wilder, Thornton. Collected Plays and Writings on Theater, ed. J. D. McClatchy. New York: Library of America, 2007.

Wilder, Thornton, Jackson R. Bryer, ed. Conversations with Thornton Wilder. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1992.

Wilder, Thornton, Robin G. Wilder and Jackson R. Bryer, eds. The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2008.


PBS Masterpiece Theatre: Our Town
The online companion to PBS's 2003 production of Our Town starring Paul Newman, this website presents essays, interviews, teaching materials, and a bibliography for additional resources on Thornton Wilder and Our Town.

The Thornton Wilder Society
Dedicated to preserving and expanding the legacy of Thornton Wilder, the society offers events, a newsletter, educational resources, and a comprehensive website.

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