The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder

On Sale: 12/07/2021

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder

On Sale: 12/07/2021

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Pulitzer Prize

About the Book

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“The essence of Mr. Wilder’s book is really the feeling in it; it is a ‘notation of the heart’ with sympathy. Gaily or sadly, but always with understanding, a belief in the miracle of love runs through it all.” —Times Literary Supplement (London)

"On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a novel beloved throughout the world.

By fate or chance, a monk has witnessed the collapse. Deeply moved by the tragedy, Brother Juniper embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention, not chance, that led to the deaths of the five people crossing the bridge that day. His search leads readers on a timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition..

This edition includes a foreword by acclaimed author Russell Banks and an afterword by Wilder's nephew, Tappan, along with previously unpublished notes and other illuminating documentary material about the novel and author.

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Critical Praise

“One of the greatest-reading novels in [twentieth-century] American writing. . . . Wonderfully lucid reading.” - Edmund Fuller

“A remarkably confident evocation of the secret springs of half a dozen men, women and children. . . . A very beautiful book.” - The Nation

“It is a subtle idea admirably worked out and leaves a vivid impression of society in the golden age of the most aristocratic capital of Latin America. The histories of the five people are told perfectly with sympathy and insight.” - New Statesman

“The essence of Mr. Wilder’s book is really the feeling in it; it is a ‘notation of the heart’ with sympathy. Gaily or sadly, but always with understanding, a belief in the miracle of love runs through it all.” - Times Literary Supplement (London)

“A masterpiece.” - New York Herald Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063114852
  • ISBN 10: 0063114852
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • On Sale: 12/07/2021
  • Pages: 192
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life

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