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Our Town: A Play in Three Acts (Paperback)

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I love this play the way you love a person. It is so filled with soul and depth and wonder and everything human that I think of it as having a beating heart and a thinking mind. I played Emily Webb in high school and ever since I find myself missing her story and the poetry of her words. Wilder writes these lives beautifully and completely. Read it and you will likely feel connected to it.

— Sarah G.

I love this play the way you love a person. It is so filled with soul and depth and wonder and everything human that I think of it as having a beating heart and a thinking mind. I played Emily Webb in high school and ever since I find myself missing her story and the poetry of her words. Wilder writes these lives beautifully and completely. Read it and you will likely feel connected to it. --Sarah G.

— From Plays

Description


This beautiful new edition features an eyeopening Afterword written by Tappan Wilder that includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.

Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village 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.

About the Author


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Wilder's The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and films. (His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of Doubt [1943] remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day.) Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060512637
ISBN-10: 0060512636
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2003
Pages: 208
Language: English