Thornton Wilder (Thornton Niven Wilder)

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Thornton Niven Wilder was the second of five children in the family of a newspaper editor and a U.S. diplomat, Amos Parker Wilder, and Isabella Niven Wilder. He spent part of his childhood with his father, who was a Consul General in Hong Kong and China between 1906 and 1914. Wilder finished high school in California, received his undergraduate degree at Yale, and went to study archeology at the American Academy in Rome. He earned his M.A. in French from Princeton in 1926.

Wilder published his first play "The Trumpet Shall Sound" (1920) in Yale Literary Magasine. Read more...