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June 15, 2009
Washington, DC

The Big Read enters new territory with the addition of Thornton Wilder to The Big Read library. Big Readers of Wilder?s The Bridge of San Luis Rey are also encouraged to contemplate his play Our Town. (Did you know that, to date, Wilder is the only writer to have received a Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and drama?) In his intro for the Reader?s Guide, Tappan Wilder ? Thornton?s nephew ? has this to say:

?As different as these two works are in form and setting, they pose the same enduring questions that Wilder explored throughout his writing career ? often employing death as the window to life. He could well have written of The Bridge of San Luis Rey as he wrote of Our Town: ?It is an attempt to find a value above all price for the smallest events of our daily life.??

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