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Lifetime: 1897 - 1975 Passed: ≈ 48 years ago


American playwright and novelist


United States

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder was an American playwright and novelist who is best known for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1897, and died in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1975.


Wilder was a humanist who believed in the importance of the individual and the power of the human spirit. He was also a deeply spiritual man who was interested in the big questions of life, such as the meaning of existence and the nature of good and evil.

Notable works

Wilder's most famous works include:

  • Our Town (play, 1938)
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey (novel, 1927)
  • The Skin of Our Teeth (play, 1942)
  • The Eighth Day (novel, 1967)


Wilder's philosophy was based on the belief in the importance of the individual and the power of the human spirit. He believed that we should all cherish the simple things in life and appreciate the beauty of the world around us. He also believed that we should strive to be kind and compassionate to others.

Death and legacy

Wilder died in Hamden, Connecticut, in 1975. He is remembered as one of the most important American playwrights of the 20th century. His work has had a profound impact on generations of theatergoers and readers.

How is he remembered?

Wilder is remembered as a gifted playwright and novelist who wrote about the human condition with great insight and compassion. His work is still performed and read today, and he continues to be one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century.

Books by Thornton Wilder

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Fiction Drama
Tragedy Historical Fiction Fate Philosophical fiction Destiny

In the picturesque land of Peru, a bridge hangs suspended between worlds. "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" by Thornton Wilder beckons readers into a realm where fate's fragile threads are pulled and destiny's tapestry unravels. A moment, a tragedy, and a...