The Big Read Blog (Archive)

Sam Waterston

Rope Bridge by Vera Kratochvil In this audio excerpt, we take a brief look at the deceptively simple, yet heartbreaking plot in The Bridge of San Luis Rey . The opening of our Big Read audio guide features actress Marian Seldes, Sister Maureen Fiedler, JD McClatchy, Russell Banks, and the voice of...
Thornton Wilder, courtesy of Yale Collection of of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library The prolific and exuberant Thornton Niven Wilder died on this day 36 years ago. Today, we're paying homage to the man behind American classics such as The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Our...
Washington, DC The Great Gatsby book cover painting by Francis Cugat, used with permission of Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Adult Publishing Group. The Great Gatsby is written in the voice of Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner who finds himself among the New York upper-class. Nick moves...
Washington, DC Produced by Josephine Reed. Posted by Adam Kampe. Playwright Edward Albee. Thornton Wilder?s novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey , is a Big Read selection. But we also wanted to explore Wilder?s influence as a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Who better to discuss this with than...
Washington, DC Thornton Wilder in the role of George Antrobus in his play, The Skin of Our Teeth. Image courtesy of the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library . On the first page of The Bridge of San Luis Rey--- which is set in 18th century Peru---we learn...