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The Merchant of Yonkers

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Premiering on Broadway in December 1938 and running for 39 performances, The Merchant of Yonkers is the first of two plays Thornton Wilder wrote based on the 1835 one-act A Day Well Spent by John Oxenford and a 1842 play by Johann Nestroy. The second of Wilder's plays, The Matchmaker, would go on to inspire the 1964 musical Hello, Dolly!
Hardcover, First Edition, 180 pages
Published 1939 by Harper & Brothers
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Reviewed in conjunction with The Matchmaker and Hello, Dolly!

Based on an Austrian play that drew its inspiration from a one-act play by John Oxenford, The Merchant of Yonkers would later be repurposed by Mr. Wilder as The Matchmaker, which would in turn inspire the most famous of the group, Hello Dolly. Decades later, the Austrian play would be loosely adapted by Tom Stoppard as On the Razzle.

Confused yet? Yeah, me too.

Having read everything but Nestroy’s Einen Jux will er sich machen (which, to
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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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