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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975)

Auteur de Notre Petite Ville

121+ oeuvres 16,207 utilisateurs 286 critiques 22 Favoris

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One of the most honored and versatile of modern writers, Thornton Wilder combined a career as a successful novelist with work for the theater that made him one of this century's outstanding dramatists. It was an early short novel, however, that first brought him fame. The Bridge of San Luis Rey afficher plus (1927), a bestseller that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927, is the story of a group of assorted people who happen to be on a bridge in Peru when it collapses. Ingeniously constructed and rich in its philosophical implications about fate and synchronicity, Wilder's book would seem to be the first well-known example of a formula that has become a cliche in popular literature. His attraction to classical themes is manifested in The Woman of Andros (1930), a tragedy about young love in pre-Christian Greece, and The Ides of March (1948), set in the time of Julius Caesar and told in letters and documents covering a long span of years. Heaven's My Destination (1934), is a seriocomic and picaresque story about a young book salesman traveling through the Midwest during the early years of the Great Depression.Theophilus North (1973), Wilder's last novel, disappointed many reviewers, but it provided its author with opportunities to offer some wry observations on the life of the idle rich in Newport during the summer of 1926 and to ponder in the story of his alter ego what might have happened if Wilder had stayed home, so to speak, instead of becoming Thornton Wilder. As a serious writer of fiction, Wilder's main claim rests on The Eighth Day (1967), an intellectual thriller, which the N.Y. Times called "the most substantial fiction of his career." It won the National Book Award for fiction in 1968. (Bowker Author Biography) afficher moins


Œuvres de Thornton Wilder

Notre Petite Ville (1938) 5,061 exemplaires
Le Pont du roi Saint-Louis (1927) 4,758 exemplaires
Three Plays by Thornton Wilder (1938) 1,211 exemplaires
Les ides de Mars (1948) 939 exemplaires
The Eighth Day (1967) 676 exemplaires
Theophilus North (1973) 501 exemplaires
The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) 406 exemplaires
En voiture pour le ciel (1935) 197 exemplaires
The Cabala (1926) 155 exemplaires
The Matchmaker (1955) 146 exemplaires
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) — Screenwriter — 139 exemplaires
The Woman of Andros (1930) 118 exemplaires
The Long Christmas Dinner and Other Plays in One Act (1931) — Auteur — 64 exemplaires
The Cabala | The Woman of Andros (2007) 54 exemplaires
Our Town | The Skin of Our Teeth (1982) — Auteur — 29 exemplaires
The Long Christmas Dinner (1933) — Auteur — 29 exemplaires
Pullman Car Hiawatha (1931) 15 exemplaires
Childhood: A Comedy in One Act (2011) 10 exemplaires
Queens of France (1931) 8 exemplaires
Infancy: A Comedy in One Act (1961) 7 exemplaires
The Drunken Sisters (1957) 6 exemplaires
The Seven Deadly Sins (2012) 4 exemplaires
Lesebuch (1985) 3 exemplaires
The Ages of Man (2012) 2 exemplaires
Obras escogidas 2 exemplaires
Plays 2 exemplaires
Drámák (1981) 2 exemplaires
Alcestiad (1977) 2 exemplaires
Idi di marzo 1 exemplaire
Insurgent 1 exemplaire
L'Ottavo giorno 1 exemplaire
Our Town (HHH Production) — Auteur — 1 exemplaire
The ides of march 1 exemplaire
Drammi brevi 1 exemplaire
Piccola città 1 exemplaire
Someone From Assisi (2014) 1 exemplaire
Atti in tre minuti 1 exemplaire
The Flight into Egypt 1 exemplaire
Autumn Thunder 1 exemplaire
Thornton Wilder Stories — Auteur — 1 exemplaire
Stories and Essays 1 exemplaire
Three Stories by 1 exemplaire
The Bridge of San Luis Rey | Heaven's My Destination (1965) — Auteur — 1 exemplaire
Nascuntur Poetæ 1 exemplaire
Fanny Otcott 1 exemplaire
Brother Fire 1 exemplaire
The Angel on the Ship (1928) 1 exemplaire
The Wreck on the 5 25 (2014) 1 exemplaire
Shadow of a Doubt 1 exemplaire
Centaurs 1 exemplaire
Thirteen Plays 1 exemplaire
Leviathan 1 exemplaire

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Oedipe roi (0429) — Introduction, quelques éditions6,588 exemplaires
Une maison de poupée (1879) — Traducteur, quelques éditions5,360 exemplaires
24 Favorite One Act Plays (1958) — Contributeur — 284 exemplaires
Famous American Plays of the 1940s (1900) — Contributeur — 233 exemplaires
Hello, Dolly! [1969 film] (1969) — Original play — 211 exemplaires
This Is My Best (1942) — Contributeur — 186 exemplaires
Sixteen Famous American Plays (1777) — Playwright — 185 exemplaires
Stories to Remember {complete} (1956) — Contributeur — 181 exemplaires
An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper's Magazine (2000) — Contributeur — 131 exemplaires
Stories to Remember, Volume II (1956) — Contributeur — 126 exemplaires
Playwrights on Playwriting: The Meaning and Making of Modern Drama from Ibsen to Ionesco (1960) — Contributeur, quelques éditions109 exemplaires
One Act: Eleven Short Plays of the Modern Theater (1961) — Contributeur — 106 exemplaires
Contemporary Drama: 15 Plays (1959) — Contributeur — 70 exemplaires
10 Short Plays (1963) — Contributeur — 63 exemplaires
Morts sans sépulture (1984) — Traducteur, quelques éditions55 exemplaires
Jacob's Dream (1946) — Introduction, quelques éditions46 exemplaires
Contemporary Drama - 11 Plays (1956) — Contributeur — 46 exemplaires
Best American Plays: Fourth Series, 1951-1957 (1958) — Contributeur — 43 exemplaires
Twenty One-Act Plays: An Anthology for Amateur Performing Groups (1978) — Contributeur — 36 exemplaires
Hello, Dolly! A Musical Play (1964) — Original story — 35 exemplaires
The Modern Theatre, Volume 4 (1956) — Contributeur — 35 exemplaires
XII Twelve Short Novels (1961) — Contributeur — 34 exemplaires
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre [4-volume set] (1969) — Contributeur — 33 exemplaires
15 International One-Act Plays (1969) — Contributeur — 32 exemplaires
A Treasury of the Theatre: From Henrik Ibsen to Eugène Ionesco (1960) — Contributeur — 31 exemplaires
Theatre Experiment (1967) — Contributeur — 29 exemplaires
13 Plays of Ghosts and the Supernatural (1990) — Contributeur — 28 exemplaires
Our Town [1940 film] (2000) — Original play — 28 exemplaires
The Signet Book of Short Plays (2004) — Contributeur — 28 exemplaires
Pulitzer Prize Reader (1961) — Contributeur — 27 exemplaires
Hello, Dolly! Original 1964 Broadway Cast Recording (1964) — Original play — 27 exemplaires
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [2004 film] (2004) — Original book — 24 exemplaires
Twentieth-Century American Drama (2000) — Contributeur — 22 exemplaires
The Twelve Plays of Christmas (2000) — Contributeur — 16 exemplaires
Our Town [2003 TV movie] (2003) — Original play — 15 exemplaires
Half-a-Hundred Stories for Men, Great Tales by American Writers (1945) — Contributeur — 15 exemplaires
A Roman Collection: Stories, Poems, and Other Good Pieces (1980) — Contributeur — 8 exemplaires
Los Premios Pulitzer de novela (I) (1970) — Contributeur — 8 exemplaires
Mr. North [1988 film] (2003) — Original play — 5 exemplaires
The Matchmaker [1958 film] (1958) — Original play — 5 exemplaires
Thornton Wilder's Our Town [1989 TV episode] (2005) — Play — 4 exemplaires
50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, Volume 2 (1969) — Contributeur — 3 exemplaires
The Undying Past (1961) — Contributeur — 2 exemplaires
Teatro Norteamericano contemporaneo — Contributeur — 2 exemplaires
The Bridge of San Luis Rey [1944 film] — Original novel — 1 exemplaire
Short Plays for Reading and Acting (1970) — Contributeur — 1 exemplaire
Teatru American Contemporan vol. 1 — Contributeur — 1 exemplaire


Partage des connaissances

Nom canonique
Wilder, Thornton
Nom légal
Wilder, Thornton Niven
Date de naissance
Date de décès
Lieu de sépulture
Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Lieu de naissance
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Lieu du décès
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Lieux de résidence
Chefoo, China
Ojai, California, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
Douglas, Arizona, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Princeton University (MA|French|1926)
Yale University (BA|1920)
Oberlin College
American Academy in Rome
Berkeley High School
Creekside Middle School (tout afficher 8)
China Inland Mission Chefoo School
The Thacher School
teacher (tout afficher 12)
short-story writer
corporal (U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps, WWI)
lieutenant colonel (U.S. Army Air Force Intelligence, WWII)
Wilder, Amos Niven (brother)
Wilder, Isabel (sister)
Dakin, Janet Wilder (sister)
Wilder, A. Tappan (nephew)
Wilder, Charlotte (sister)
American Academy of Arts and Letters
Modern Language Association of America (honorary member)
Authors Guild
Actors Equity Association
Hispanic Society of America (corresponding member)
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (West Germany) (tout afficher 20)
Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts (honorary member)
Century Association
Players (honorary member)
Graduate Club
Elizabethan Club
Alpha Delta Phi
United States Army (WWI ∙ WWII)
Harvard University (Charles Eliot Norton professor)
University of Chicago (professor)
Institut de Cooperation Intellectuélle ( [1937])
United States Department of State
International PEN Club Congress ( [1941])
UNESCO Conference of Arts ( [1952])
Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA (teacher)
Prix et distinctions
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1927)
Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1938, 1943)
Chevalier, Legion of Honor (1951)
National Book Committee's National Medal for Literature (1965)
Edward MacDowell Medal (1960) (tout afficher 21)
National Book Award for fiction (1968)
Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (1957)
Friedenspreis, Deutschen Buchhandels (1957)
Sonderpreis (1959)
Goethe medal (1959)
Gold Medal for Fiction, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1952)
Brandeis University Creative Arts Award for theater and film (1959-60)
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame (2013)
Medal of the Order of Merit (Peru)
Order of Merit (West Germany)
Century Association Art Medal
Honorary member of Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Alpha Delta Phi
Courte biographie
Thornton Wilder was born on April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin to Isabella (Niven) Wilder and Amos Parker Wilder. He attended Oberlin College (1915-1917), received an A.B. from Yale University (1920), attended the American Academy in Rome (1920-1921), and received an A.M. from Princeton University (1926). He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945, receiving the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.

Wilder is best known as an author of novels, plays, and screenplays. Among his many published novels and plays, he wrote three Pulitzer Prize winning works: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928), Our Town (1938), and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). He also won the Gold Medal for fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1952), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1963), the National Book Committee's National Medal for Literature (1965), and the National Book Award (1968).

Wilder was a lecturer in comparative literature at the University of Chicago (1930-1936), a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii (1935), and Charles Eliot Norton Professor of poetry at Harvard University (1950-1951).

Wilder received honorary degrees from New York University, Yale University, Kenyon College, College of Wooster, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Oberlin College, University of New Hampshire, and University of Zurich.

Thornton Wilder died in 1975



Le pont de San Luis Rey au Pérou sur la grand route entre Lima et Cuzco s'effondre. Nous sommes en 1714. Un étudiant en prêtrise va chercher dans l'histoire des cinq personnes mortes s'il pourrait y avoir un signe du Dieu dans l'existence duquel il ne doute pas un seul instant.

C'est un court récit, bien écrit et qui se lit avec un réel plaisir. Une découverte de cet auteur en ce qui me concerne.
Millepages | 118 autres critiques | Jan 30, 2016 |
Comédie un peu boulevardière, avec beaucoup de changements de décor, de quiproquos, de retournements de situation.
Ce n'est clairement pas une pièce à thème, mais plutôt où l'on se moque de l'avarice, de la difficulté des jeunes amants à choisir librement leur partenaire et de toutes les filouteries possibles pour faire rendre gorge à l'avare, qui finit par capituler comme toujours.
Ce n'est pas mal emmené, mais le plaisir dépendra fort de la mise en scène, à mon avis.
Millepages | 3 autres critiques | Jan 30, 2016 |


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