Our Town and Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town will be performed at Krannert Performing Arts Center from April 12 – April 22 (view a schedule of performances here). Wilder, three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, wrote this and other works that have become classics of American literature.

Wilder is perhaps best known for his ambitious dramas – the most prominent are Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), both of which won the Pulitzer Prize – but he is also known for his novels, which included The Bridge of San Luis ReyThe Ides of March, and The Eighth Day. Wilder also co-wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt.

The UIUC Libraries hold many books by and about Wilder, and here are some more resources on Thornton Wilder and his work:

  • Chadwyck-Healey’s Twentieth-Century Drama collection includes full-text for a number of Wilder’s plays, including Our Town.

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