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Thornton Wilder Society

The Thornton Wilder Society has the twofold purpose of supporting efforts which expand the literary legacy of Thornton Wilder and of encouraging projects which emphasize the timeless importance of literature and drama to world culture.

Teachers, students, or researchers of any position or field will find useful materials including an ever expanding Bibliography, a large collection of Teaching Materials, Wilder Queries asked by visitors like you, information on Research Grants, and additional resources for your research or classroom needs.



The Big Read program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

Download a free Reader’s Guide – about Thornton Wilder and peruse the numerous articles and resources about Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

Thornton Wilder, 1897-1975.  Thornton Niven Wilder is the only writer to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction (The Bridge of San Luis Rey in 1928) and drama (Our Town in 1938 and The Skin of Our Teeth in 1943).  Born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1897, Wilder was the son of Amos Parker Wilder and Isabella Niven Wilder.