Thornton Wilder

Educated at Yale and Princeton, Thornton Wilder was an accomplished novelist and playwright. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 and received the National Book Award (1968). Two of his four major plays garnered Pulitzer Prizes. Wilder also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them translation, acting, opera librettos, lecturing, teaching and film. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature. On April 17, 1997, the centenary of his birth, the US Postal Service unveiled the Thornton Wilder 32-cent stamp.

1897 — 1975


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