Thornton Wilder: A Life

Penelope Niven (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$39.99
Publisher
Harper
Publish Date
October 30, 2012
Pages
800
Dimensions
6.0 X 1.9 X 9.1 inches | 2.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780060831363
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About the Author

PENELOPE NIVEN (1939-2014) devoted fourteen years to organizing Carl Sandburg's papers, forming the framework for her 1991 biography of the poet. A fellow of American Literature from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Niven founded and directed the Carl Sandburg Oral History Project for the National Park Service and the University of Illinois Library.

Reviews

"Lucid, elegantly written...there is just enough shrewd literary analysis to make us understand why this prodigally gifted writer so richly deserves an audience beyond the 12th grade."--Daily Beast
"Capacious and authoritative."--Harper's Magazine
"Deeply researched and fluidly readable."--New York Times
"The best kind of literary biography, one likely to send the reader back (or perhaps for the first time) to the author's works."--Washington Post
"Essential. . . . Studiously researched and measured. . . . The great strength of 'Thornton Wilder: A Life' is how well it fuses the early years of the Wilder biography with the themes that informed his works."--Chicago Tribune
"Almost everybody knows OUR TOWN, but very few people really know Thornton Wilder. Penelope Niven's fascinating biography changes that once and for all...Meticulously researched, Niven's book reads like a riveting novel."----James Earl Jones
"This new biography of Wilder -- comprehensive and wisely fashioned -- gives us sufficient view of his methods, his public and private life, and the reaches of his mind...This book is a splendid and long needed work."----Edward Albee
"The author admits to a 'decade of close study of . . . primary sources' in preparation for her biography of distinguished American novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder. The result, fully displayed on every page of this definitive treatment, is a joyous presentation of detail."--Booklist (starred review)
"Fast-paced and engaging, this work is essential for academic readers with an interest in American literature and culture. It will also appeal to the more general reader of American biography."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Niven complements her own clear, lyrical voice with the eloquent words of Steichen's contemporaries."--New York Times Book Review on Steichen: A Biography