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Portrait of Thornton Wilder, 1948.
Thornton Wilder poses as the character Mr. Antrobus in his play The Skin of Our Teeth

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Playwright Thornton Wilder Was Born
April 17, 1897

So much of human experience is universal; people living a world away go through many of the same conflicts, emotions, and lessons that you do. Thornton Wilder sought to show this in his books and stage plays. Born April 17, 1897, in Madison, Wisconsin, Wilder is one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century. Author of seven novels, three plays, many essays, one-act plays, and articles, he is the only writer to win Pulitzer Prizes for both literature and drama.
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