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Our Town: A Play in Three Acts (Paperback)
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
Our Town was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prizewinning 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 In addition, Tappan Wilder has written an eye-opening new Afterword, which includes Thornton Wilder's unpublished notes and other illuminating photographs and documentary material.
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  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.