Thornton Wilder Letters, 1927-1965


Collection Overview

Thornton Wilder Letters
Dates (Inclusive):
Thornton Wilder was a successful American novelist, dramatist, and academic. His puritan roots were reflected in a style that was innovative, technically adept, intellectual, and accessible. He is the only writer to receive the Pulitzer prize for both novels and plays.
The collection by Thornton Wilderconsists of 28 items, primarily postal cards, letters, and envelopes.
Collection Number:
18 item(s)
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Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of two folders of letters, the first folder belongs to the Allison Shelley Collection, the second is housed in the Vertical File Collection. The first folder, dated 1932-1965, contains 18 letters and postcards, most notably eight letters and cards to Lucy Tal, his German literary agent, often discussing rights to performing his plays; a letter and a card to Mrs. J.R. Buchbinder concerning music; four letters to actress Maria Fein.

The second folder, dated 1927-1963, contains 10 items, including two letters to Mrs. Knopf in regard to his publishing commitments; to Carl Schiffeler discussing his novel The ides of March; to Mr. Carroll regarding the dramatization of a Wilder novel; a long chatty letter to friends mentioning a Streetcar named Desire, Myrna Loy, and Charles Laughton; a letter to Edmund Wilson (1928?) expresses his negative feelings about writing book reviews; one to Alfred Noyes (1932) discusses Wilder family activities; one to Mr. Harris (1934) concerns an alleged insult to Beverley Nichols; and one to Clifford Odets (1936) concern tickets for Odets' play Paradise Lost. Also, a letter from Wilder (1958) and one from his sister Isabel (1963) to Jon Carroll containing advice for new authors.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thornton Wilder Letters (3493), Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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