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Thornton Wilder : a life

Author: Penelope Niven; Edward Albee
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : First Harper Perennial editionView all editions and formats
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Drawing on thousands of pages of letters, journals, manuscripts, and Wilder's personal archives, biographer Penelope Niven explores the professional life of the playwright and novelist, revealing an enigmatic and private man who wandered the world and wrote for and about everybody.--From publisher description.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thornton Wilder; Thornton Wilder
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope Niven; Edward Albee
ISBN: 9780060831370 0060831375
OCLC Number: 827260674
Notes: "A hardcover edition of this book was published in 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.
Description: xvi, 832 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: "The history of a writer" --
"Godly folk" --
"A foretaste of heaven" --
"Being left" --
Foreign devils --
"Parental expectation" --
"All aspiration" --
"Literary development" --
"The art of writing" --
Distant sons --
"Flowering into literature" --
"Heroes" --
"His own tune" --
"Choice souls" --
"All my faults and virtues" --
"Millstones" --
"The 'way within'" --
"My real vocation" --
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde --
"The finest bridge in all Peru" --
Preparation and circumstance --
"Variety, variety" --
"Home" --
"Strands and threads" --
Our living and our dying --
The village and the stars --
"Chalk...or fire" --
"Perseverance" --
"Seeing, knowing and telling" --
"The eternal family" --
"The closing of the door" --
"Wartime" --
"Post-war adjustment exercise" --
Searching for the right way --
Kaleidoscopic views --
"The human adventure" --
"Tapestry" --
"Life and death".
Other Titles: Thornton Wilder, a life
Responsibility: Penelope Niven ; with a foreword by Edward Albee.

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Drawing on thousands of pages of letters, journals, manuscripts, and Wilder's personal archives, biographer Penelope Niven explores the professional life of the playwright and novelist, revealing an enigmatic and private man who wandered the world and wrote for and about everybody.--From publisher description.

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