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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Perennial Classics)

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This beautiful new edition features unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder.

"On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the towering achievements in American fiction and a novel read throughout the world.

By chance, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper then embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention rather than chance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy. His search leads to his own death — and to the author's timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition.This new edition of Wilders 1928 Pulitzer Prize winning novel contains a new foreword by Russell Banks.

About the Author

An acclaimed novelist and playwright, Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1928), Our Town (1938), and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942). Wilder's other honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.

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withawhy99, October 19, 2014 (view all comments by withawhy99)
Wilder's writing in this book is simply brilliant and should be studied by all aspiring writers of fiction. He has the ability to artfully turn a poetic phrase in a way that is always lucid and conversational, never pretentious or contrived. In a brief narrative (not much more than 100 pages), he manages to bring to life a whole world of distinctive characters, from aristocrats to peasants. He sets his story in 18th century Peru, but his people, while convincingly of their place and time, are also universal in their struggles with the great questions of life, death, love, and fate.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060088873
Foreword:
Banks, Russell
Author:
Banks, Russell
Foreword by:
Banks, Russell
Foreword:
Banks, Russell
Author:
Wilder, Thornton
Author:
by Thornton Wilder
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Bridges
Subject:
Peru
Subject:
Accidents
Subject:
Accident victims
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Perennial Classics
Series Volume:
4425-4426
Publication Date:
20030415
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 17.84 oz

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