- NAME: Thornton Wilder
- OCCUPATION: Author, Playwright
- BIRTH DATE: April 17, 1897
- DEATH DATE: December 07, 1975
- Did You Know?: Thornton Wilder served as a lieutenant colonel during World War II, and was awarded the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.
- EDUCATION: English China Inland Mission Chefoo School in China, Thatcher School in California, Berkeley High School, Princeton University, Oberlin College, Yale University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Madison, Wisconsin
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hamden, Connecticut
- Full Name: Thornton Niven Wilder
- AKA: Thornton Wilder
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Thornton Wilder was a multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright known for works like The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Ides of March and Our Town.
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After the war, Thornton Wilder wrote plays and lectured at various universities. While living in Chicago, he became friends with Gertrude Stein. Wilder never referred to his homosexuality, but it is believed that he had one or two affairs with younger men and a male lover in his later years. Publically, he was more renowned for his wide circle of friends, which included Ernest Hemingway,
Willa Cather and Montgomery Clift. In 1955, Wilder rewrote his 1938 play The Merchant of Yonkers under a new title, The Matchmaker, and it enjoyed a long run on Broadway. It became the basis for the 1964 musical Hello Dolly, which made Wilder internationally famous.
Thornton Wilder died in his sleep on December 7, 1975, of an apparent heart attack in Hamden, Connecticut where he lived for many years with this sister Isabel.
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