THE SELECTED LETTERS oF THORNTON WILDER

Our April BOOK OF THE MONTH is The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder edited by Robin G. Wilder and Jackson R. Bryer, a delicious volume containing more than three hundred letters (culled from some seven thousand gathered around the world) in the first comprehensive collection of Wilder’s correspondence.

“If you’d like to know how it feels to be a distinguished and popular author of both plays and novels for a good part of the twentieth century, and to correspond with famous friends and a talented family, and to be a central figure in the events of one’s time, then this is a good book to roll around in.”  A.R. Gurney”

Wilder’s letters instruct, encourage and above all entertain. From dining with Elizabeth Taylor and roller-skating with Walt Disney to mentoring young writers and life as a soldier in two World Wars, these letters vividly illustrate the wide range of his experiences and friendships. The reader can dip into conversations with Edward Albee, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland, Noel Coward, Albert Einstein, Mia Farrow, F Scott Fitzgerald, Lillian Gish, Robert Frost, Ruth Gordon, Cary Grant, Helen Hays, Ernest Hemingway, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Max Reinhardt, Gertrude Stein, as well as the engaging and intimate correspondence with his family members and more.

Curious readers will hear Wilder in his own witty, wonderful and enduring voice and witness his incredible storytelling talent emerge throughout the course of this volume.  

In honor of Wilder’s birthday month, the e-book edition this volume is on sale through May 1 for just $1.99.  Click BUY THE BOOK TO PURCHASE.