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Prepared for the Web by Barbara Bass, June 12, 2002; Last Updated: May 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1926-1957
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Thornton Niven Wilder was born April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin, to Amos Parker and Isabella Thornton (Niven) Wilder. While attending Oberlin College, Wilder began to write short plays; later, he would become known for the innovative, fantastic elements situated amid homestyle, American charm that permeated his best known works. After completing his education he taught French and was also Assistant Master of Davis House at Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, from 1925-27. From 1927-28 he engaged in writing and his first cross-country tour. He worked for several motion picture studios from 1930-1936. Wilder won the Pulitzer prize three times, for The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928), Our Town (1938), and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). In addition to his career as a playwright, Wilder was also a novelist, teacher, lecturer, translator, essayist, literary scholar, and librettist. He died in 1975 while working on a sequel to his final novel.
Scope and Content: Thornton Wilder's papers contain correspondence to Mr. and Mrs. Bunyan Kirk Rankin, Frederic Prokosch and others.
Arrangement: Materials are arranged in chronological order.
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