The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder

by Thornton Wilder, Jackson R. Bryer, Robin Gibbs Wilder

On Sale: 12/01/2009

The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder

by Thornton Wilder, Jackson R. Bryer, Robin Gibbs Wilder

On Sale: 12/01/2009

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About the Book

Spanning his entire life, The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder is a comprehensive and fascinating collection of the great American writer’s correspondence.

The author of such classics as Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder was a born storyteller and dramatist—rare talents on glorious display in this volume of more than three hundred letters he penned to a vast array of famous friends and beloved relatives. Through Wilder's correspondence, readers can eavesdrop on his conversations with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Noël Coward, Gene Tunney, Laurence Olivier, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Leonard Bernstein, Edward Albee, and Mia Farrow. Equally absorbing are Wilder's intimate letters to his family.

Wilder tells of roller-skating with Walt Disney, remembers an inaugural reception for FDR at the White House, describes his life as a soldier in two World Wars, and recalls dining out with Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. In these pages, Thornton Wilder speaks for himself in his own unique, enduring voice—informing, encouraging, instructing, and entertaining with his characteristic wit, heart, and exuberance.

Critical Praise

"[An] essential gathering of letters, carefully edited and abundantly annotated. . . . Like the best collections of correspondence in the hands of sensitive editors, this one peels away the quotidian to reveal the underlying personality of its subject.” — Publishers Weekly

“If you’d like to know how it feels to be a distinguished and popular author of both plays and novels for a good part of the 20th century, and to correspond with famous friends and a talented family, and to be a central figure in the events of one’s time, then this is a good book to roll around in.” — A.R. Gurney, author of Love Letters

“Students and devotees of Wilder will find this a useful companion to his literary work.” — Library Journal

“A staggering range of acquaintance. . . . Wilder was a charmer. . . . His letters are chatty, intimate, appealingly self-deprecating.” — New Republic?

“Wilder’s writing is sharply etched and generous of spirit. [In Selected Letters] he consistently discharges the obligation he imposed on his correspondents: that their letters ‘intimate the alterations of climate in their hearts and minds.’” — Times Literary Supplement (London)

“A book to treasure and to share. . . . A remarkable collection of letters covering more than 60 years of Thornton Wilder’s life that become, in page after page, a blueprint of this brilliant, compassionate, truthful, loving man whose wit and superb command of language include the reader in a history of his friendships, of his family. What emerges from these pages is a new and sometimes surprising self-portrait of a great American artist.” — Marian Seldes

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060765088
  • ISBN 10: 0060765089
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/01/2009
  • Pages: 768
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Reference
  • BISAC4 : DRAMA / Shakespeare
  • BISAC5 : HISTORY / Essays
  • BISAC6 : HISTORY / Reference
  • BISAC7 : EDUCATION / Reference
  • BISAC8 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
  • BISAC9 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / American / General
  • BISAC10 : LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters

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