Our Town

Play

Writers: Thornton Wilder

Context

Thornton Wilder was originally a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, but critics argued that his work was escapist fare that did little to confront the enormous issues of the Depression era. In response, Wilder turned to playwriting. His first play, Our Town, opened on Broadway in 1938 to rave reviews and eventually won him his second Pulitzer Prize. However, unlike the many plays of the time that took a cynical look at American life, Wilder’s Our Town instead embraced the nature of small town living in America. Grover’s Corners is not meant to be a perfect town -- it faces economic and social

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