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Our Town and Other Plays

Author : Thornton Wilder
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A collection of Wilder's drama: Our Town searches for a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life; The Skin of Our Teeth depicts the events of family life against the vast dimensions of time and place; and The Matchmaker explores aspirations for participation in life.

Our Town and Other Plays

Author : Thornton Wilder
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Finding the theatre of the 1920s lacking in bite and conviction, Thornton Wilder set out to bring back realism and to celebrate the innocent, simple and religious. Yet he also tried to endow individual experience with cosmic significance and Our Town is both an affectionate portrait of American life and 'an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life'. The Skin of our Teeth deals with human survival in a 'comic strip' way, and The Matchmaker is a hilarious farce which urges rebellion against all the constraints that deny a rich, full life.

Our Town and Other Plays Our Town The Skin of Our Teeth The Matchmaker

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Our Town

Author : Thornton Wilder
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Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the town of Grover 's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life, has become a classic. It is Thornton Wilder's most renowned and most frequently performed play. It is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition, featuring a new Foreword by Donald Margulies, who writes, "You are holding in your hands a great American play. Possibly the great American play." In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

Three Plays

Author : Thornton Wilder
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Three of the greatest plays in American literature collected in one volume This important new omnibus edition features an illuminating foreword by playwright John Guare and an extensive afterword for each play drawing on unpublished letters and other unique documentary material prepared by Tappan Wilder. Our Town—Wilder's timeless 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning look at love, death, and destiny is celebrated around the world and performed at least once each day in the United States. The Skin of our Teeth—Wilder's 1942 romp about human follies and human endurance starring the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1943. The Matchmaker—Wilder's brilliant 1954 farce about money and love starring that irrepressible busybody Dolly Gallagher Levi. This play inspired the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!.

Study Guide to Our Town and Other Works by Thornton Wilder

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A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Thornton Wilder, recognized as one of America’s most respected contemporary writers. Titles in this study guide include The Cabala, The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, Heaven’s My Destination, Our Town, and The Skin of Our Teeth. As a collection of twentieth-century literature, Wilder’s work was influenced by his religious background, his love of classicism, and his worldwide travels. Moreover, many of his stories explored humanist themes and biblical motifs and allusions. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Wilder’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

Thornton Wilder The Skin of Our Teeth The Female Characters of the Play

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), University of Bamberg (Centre for British Studies), 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: When Wilder's "The Skin of our Teeth" first came to the stage in 1942, the audience had difficulty understanding the play. Many of them left the theatre before the 3rd Act had started. The audience hadn't shared the same background as Wilder and one could say that they weren't ready for his play yet. However, most of the critics favoured the new play and Wilder received his third Pulitzer Prize for it. "The Skin of our Teeth" is strongly influenced by Wilder's experience of two World Wars and his visit of English cities, which had been destroyed by German bombs, in 1941, where he was astonished by the "almost amused bewilderment"1 the British showed whilst facing the disasters of war.2 During the late 1930s Wilder studied the works of James Joyce and admits that "The Skin of our Teeth" is "deeply indebted to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake"3, whilst critics called it "an American re-creation, thinly disguised"4 with reference to the Joycean novel. He borrowed ideas from many other authors like Andre Obey. A second source of inspiration, every bit as important to "The Skin of our Teeth" as the highbrow "Finnegan's Wake," was the lowbrow, popular entertainment of the day: the burlesque. Especially the work of the American comedians Olsen and Johnson shows a certain affinity to Wilder's play. Wilder did not see himself as an innovator, but a man who tried to keep the craft of writing alive. "I am not an innovator, but a rediscoverer of forgotten goods and I hope a remover of obtrusive bric a brac"5 1 Erwin Haberle, Das szenische Werk Thornton Wilders (Heidelberg 1967) pp. 91 2 ibid. pp. 91-107 3 Thornton Wilder, Our Town and Other Plays (1962) p.14 4 Rex Burbank, Thornton Wilder (Boston 1961), p.101 5 Thorton Wilder, Our Town and Other Plays (1962), p.14"

Three Plays

Author : Thornton Wilder
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King of the Dump and Other Plays

Author : Frederick Philander
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Three Plays

Author : Thornton Wilder
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From celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Thornton Wilder, three of the greatest plays in American literature together in one volume. This omnibus edition brings together Wilder’s three best-known plays: Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Matchmaker. Includes a preface by the author, as well as a foreword by playwright John Guare. Our Town, Wilder's timeless Pulitzer Prize-winning look at love, death, and destiny, opened on Broadway in 1938 and continues to be celebrated and performed around the world. The Skin of our Teeth, Wilder's 1942 romp about human follies and human endurance starring the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey, earned Wilder his third Pulitzer Prize. The Matchmaker, Wilder's brilliant 1954 farce about money and love starring that irrepressible busybody Dolly Gallagher Levi. This play inspired the Broadway musical Hello, Dolly!

The Lady from the Sea and Other Plays

Author : Henrik Ibsen
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Best Plays

Author : Burns Mantle
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Three Plays Our Town The Skin of Our Teeth The Matchmaker

Author : Thornton Wilder
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Three Plays Our Town The Skin of Our Teeth The Matchmaker Etc

Author : Thornton Wilder
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American Playwrights 1880 1945

Author : William W. Demastes
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A valuable research tool for specialist and novice alike, this reference summarizes the work of forty outstanding playwrights active during American theatre's vital, formative years. Alphabetically arranged entries include overall assessments of each playwright, critical summaries of major plays' initial receptions as well as significant revivals, critical assessments of each playwright, and archival and bibliographic data.

Three Plays by Thornton Wilder

Author : Thornton Wilder
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Over the Bridge Other Plays

Author : Sam Thompson
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Drama in Our Time

Author : Munjon Moses Nagelberg
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Our Wives Have Gone Mad Again and Other Plays

Author : Tracie Chima Utoh
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Twayne s United States Authors Series

Author : Rex J. Burbank
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