Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. He received Pulitzer Prizes for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Ray (1928) and his plays Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). His play The Matchmaker was adapted into the record-breaking musical Hello, Dolly! He also wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. Three volumes of his letters have been published since his death, including The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder. Mr. Wilder’s many honors include the National Book Award, the Gold Medal for Fiction, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature. In 2012 HarperCollins and The Library of America will publish, respectively, Mr. Wilder’s first biography and the last of a three-volume collection devoted to his fiction and drama. thorntonwilder.com.