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"Thornton Wilder: A Life is the best kind of literary biography, one likely to send the reader back (or perhaps for the first time) to the author's works. . . . As for Niven, she has admirably done what Chekhov and Wilder identified as a writer's business, even if Wilder himself did not always succeed in doing it: stated the great questions about her subject correctly."
--Washington Post Book World
"Admiring but never fawning and precisely the sort of scrupulous life [Niven's] subject deserves. . . . A wonderful introduction to a great writer who's been hiding in plain sight for far too long." --The Daily Beast
"To navigate the deep chasm between the nature of the writer and the disposition of his writings, Penelope Niven's compendious account of [Wilder's] complicated personality is an indispensable guide."-- The New York Review of Books
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