Celebrating 100 Years of Thornton Wilder

Today’s post is co-written and edited by Rosey Strub and Tappan Wilder

This spring, the Library welcomes The Wilder Family as guest curators of our exhibition space.

2017 marks 120 years since Thornton Wilder’s birth, the 75th anniversary of the publication of Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Skin of Our Teeth, the 50th anniversary of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning novel The Eighth Day and a major new Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, based on Wilder’s play, The Matchmaker. Here at the Club, we thought it appropriate to Celebrate 120 Years of Thornton Wilder. The Wilder Family, led by Club member Tappan Wilder and managed by Rosey Strub, has shared with us some treasures from its collection of family photos and Wilder memorabilia.

The works of novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder, Yale Class of 1920, explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. Six of his seven novels were best sellers. He is the only American author ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and drama: for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. He enjoyed enormous success as a teacher, lecturer, translator and adaptor, actor and librettist. His screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, Shadow of a Doubt remains a classic to this day.

The exhibition will be on display through June and, of course, we always have a full collection of Wilder’s books available for checkout.  We look forward to seeing you in the Library.

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Isabel, Amos Niven, Catharine and Thornton Wilder at Yale, June, 1956, where Amos received an honorary degree from his Alma Mater

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