The Eighth Day / Theophilus North / Autobiographical Writings

The Eighth Day / Theophilus North / Autobiographical Writings The Final Phase Of Thornton Wilder S Illustrious Career Was Marked By A Triumphant Return To The Novel, A Form He Had Eschewed After The Publication Of The Ides Of March In , Questioning Its Continued Viability As A Means Of Artistic Expression The National Book Award Winning The Eighth Day According To Wilder, His Only Real Novel Put All Such Questions To Flight It Is An Epic Tale, At Once Expansive And Nuanced, Of Two American Families And Their Intertwined Destinies John Ashley, A Mining Engineer In Coaltown, Illinois, Is Sentenced To Death For The Murder Of His Colleague Breckenridge Lansing, But Just Hours Before His Execution, A Strange And Audacious Raid Sets Him Free Out Of This Unimportant Case In A Small Middlewestern Town, Wilder Created A Story That Opens Onto Philosophical And Religious Speculation, Revisiting The Themes Of Earlier Works Such As Our Town And The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, And Summing Up His Deepest Concerns The Eighth Day S Principal Idea, He Wrote In , Is That Man Is Not A Final And Arrested Creation, But Is Evolving Toward Higher Mental And Spiritual Faculties Couched In A Lighter Vein, Theophilus North Shows Wilder Taking A Wry Backward Glance At His Youthful Self To Fashion A Joking Autobiography Like The Title Character Named For Wilder S Twin Who Died At Birth , He Had Spent A Summer In The S Working As A Tutor In Newport, Rhode Island A Series Of Loosely Connected Tales Bound By Place And Mood, Theophilus North Is An Enchanting Work Of Mischievous Wit And Elegantly Comic Storytelling, Suffused With Fondness For The Recollected Charms Of Newport And Its Nine Cities Wilder S Autobiographical Urge Is Even Evident In The Three Pieces That Conclude The Volume, Chapters Of A Never Before Published Manuscript From The Late S Writing Of His Past While Permitting Himself Fictional Touches, He Engagingly Evokes His Childhood Stay At A Boarding School In China, His Time As An Undergraduate At Yale, And The Uneasy Experience Of Visiting Salzburg, Austria, Amid The Inescapable Political Tensions Of

Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist He received three Pulitzer Prizes, one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth Day.For see

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  • Hardcover
  • 864 pages
  • The Eighth Day / Theophilus North / Autobiographical Writings
  • Thornton Wilder
  • English
  • 16 June 2017
  • 9781598531466

11 thoughts on “The Eighth Day / Theophilus North / Autobiographical Writings

  1. says:

    Please see my separate reviews of the two novels contained in this volume.The three short autobiographical pieces also contained in this volume were material that Wilder wrote in preparation for his final novel _Theophilus North_ Overall, there is very little of autobiographical substance to any of them, though they do provide some contextual information about the school and town of Chefoo, China, Yale University c 1920, and Salzburg in the mid 1930s They were unfinished pieces, never meant for publication, and they show this.

  2. says:

    I had not read Wilder previously, although I have seen high school productions of Our Town several times The Eighth Day was quite interesting, although I did not fully understand the philosophical reflections I did understand his comments on history, that we basically choose a few things from the stream of time and call that history This is a point that I have frequently made to my students Theophilus North was a simply delightful book that I could reread several times I now must read LOA s first volume of Wilder s writings.

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