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Thornton Wilder

Thornton WilderAKA Thornton Niven Wilder

Born: 17-Apr-1897
Birthplace: Madison, WI
Died: 7-Dec-1975
Location of death: Hamden, CT
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hamden, CT

Gender: Male
Religion: Congregationalist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay
Occupation: Novelist, Playwright

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Military service: Coast Artillery Corps (corporal, WWI), US Army (WWII, Lt. Col Air Force)

Father: Amos Parker Wilder (diplomat)
Mother: Isabella Niven Wilder
Brother: Amos (older brother, New Testament scholar)
Sister: Charlotte (poet, suffered a nervous breakdown in 1941)
Sister: Janet Wilder Dakin (professor of biology)
Sister: Isabel (author, literary advisor)

    High School: Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
    University: Oberlin College
    University: BA, Yale University (1920)
    University: MA French, Princeton University (1926)
    Professor: University of Chicago (1930-37)
    Professor: Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii
    Professor: Poetry, Harvard University

    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1928 for The Bridge of San Luis Rey
    Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1938 for Our Town
    Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1943 for The Skin of Our Teeth
    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 1957
    National Book Award for Fiction 1968 for The Eighth Day
    Legion of Merit
    Bronze Star
    Presidential Medal of Freedom

Appears on the cover of:
Time, 12-Jan-1953

Author of books:
The Cabala (1926, novel)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927, novel)
The Woman of Andros (1930, novel)
Heaven's My Destination (1934, novel)
The Ides of March (1948, novel)
The Eighth Day (1967, novel)
Theophilus North (1973, novel)

Wrote plays:
The Trumpet Shall Sound (1920)
The Long Christmas Dinner (1931)
Our Town (1938)
The Skin of Our Teeth (1943)
The Matchmaker (1954, became the musical, Hello, Dolly)
The Wreck of the 5-25 (1957)
Bernice (1957)

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