The Bridge of San Luis Rey x{0026} other Stories

The Bridge of San Luis Rey x{0026} other Stories

Wilder, Thornton

Editorial Library Of America
Fecha de edición agosto 2009

Idioma inglés

EAN 9781598530452
731 páginas
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Resumen del libro

Thornton Wilder was the rare writer whose achievements as a playwright were matched by equal abilities as a novelist. As companion to its volume of Wilder's collected plays, The Library of America's edition of his early novels and stories brings together five novels that highlight his wit, erudition, innovative formal structures, and philosophical wisdom.

Drawing on the post-collegiate year he spent in Rome, Wilder fashioned in The Cabala a tale of youthful enchantment with the Eternal City in the form of a fictitious memoir of an American student and the enigmatic coterie of noble Romans who draw him into their midst. He followed this debut novel two years later with The Bridge of San Luis Rey, which catapulted him to literary prominence and earned him the first of his three Pulitzer prizes. The Bridge, Wilder later wrote, asked the question whether the intention that lies behind love was sufficient to justify the desperation of living. Set in 18th-century Peru, the book is a kind of theological detective story concerning a friar's investigations into the lives of five individuals before they were killed in a bridge collapse. An elegantly told parable, with credible historical ambience and psychologically rounded characters, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is primarily a probing inquiry into the nature of destiny and divine intention: Why did God allow these particular people to die?

The Woman of Andros, based on the Andria of Roman writer Terence, is a consideration of the ancient world filtered through the sensibility of a meditative courtesan; Heaven's My Destination, a departure from Wilder's historical themes, is a picaresque romp through Depression-era America; and The Ides of March takes up the story of Julius Caesar's assassination by imagining the exchange of letters among such prominent ancient figures as Catullus, Cleopatra, Cicero, and Caesar himself, groping in the open seas of his unlimited power for the first principles which should guide him.

The volume concludes with a selection of early short storiesamong them Précautions Inutiles, published here for the first timeand a selection of essays that offers Wilder's insights into the works of Stein and Joyce, as well as a lecture on letter writers that bears on both The Bridge of San Luis Rey and The Ides of March.

Biografía del autor

Antonio Lastra (Valencia, España, 1967) es doctor en Filosofía, profesor de Filosofía en la Enseñanza Secundaria e investigador externo del Instituto Franklin de Investigación en Pensamiento Norteamericano de la Universidad de Alcalá. Preside La Torre del Virrey. Instituto de Estudios Culturales Avanzados. Sus campos de trabajo preferentes son la ecología de la cultura, la traducción como lingua franca, la escritura constitucional americana, el problema teológico-político, la literatura inglesa y los estudios sobre cine.




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