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Collected Plays and Writings on Theater

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Tender, beguiling, suffused with feeling and wit, the remarkable plays of Thornton Wilder occupy a unique place in American culture. His most celebrated play, Our Town, has achieved iconic status as an expression of the spirit and pathos of small-town American life; adapted for the movies and the operatic stage, it continues to resonate with audiences responding to its for ...more
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Library of America
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Christopher Sutch
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Please see my reviews of Wilder's two early collections of short plays and the four major longer plays included in this volume.

The uncollected shorter plays in this volume are of varying quality, as you'd expect. The earliest, from 1917, is surprisingly good and demonstrates that Wilder was more adept at drama than at fiction at that age. Of his uncompleted longer play _The Emporium_ there are two scenes not available in other collections. It is fascinating to read Wilder's journal entries about
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Keith
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: partial-read
Our Town – *** This was much different than I remembered. It is more of an idyll on small town, rural living, a pastoral on “real America,” as some would call it – very white, very agricultural, rather egalitarian. As interesting and innovative as its presentation is, it’s hard not to read/see this play as a nostalgic look back at a life that, in reality, never existed for the vast majority of Americans. Frankly, I don’t know if this expresses the reality of any town in America.

Sure, there’s the
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Noah Fusco
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read: The Angel That Troubled the Waters and Other Plays; The Long Christmas Dinner & Other Plays in One Act.
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Ohhhhh, book lust, how I love to indulge in thee.
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"In life and in literature mere sincerity is not sufficient." --Thornton Wilder.
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Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He received three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day.

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