Theophilus North: A Novel by Thornton WilderTheophilus North: A Novel by Thornton Wilder

Theophilus North: A Novel

byThornton Wilder

Paperback | April 2, 2019

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Now reissued with a beautiful new cover and a new afterword by Thornton Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder, Theophilus North is the last of Wilder’s works published during his lifetime, part autobiographical and part imagined adventure of his twin brother who died at birth.

Setting out to see the world in the summer of 1926, Theophilus North gets as far as Newport, Rhode Island, before his car breaks down. To support himself, Theophilus takes jobs in the elegant mansions along Ocean Drive, just as Wilder himself did in the same decade. Soon the young man finds himself playing the roles of tutor, spy, confidant, lover, friend, and enemy as he becomes entangled in the intrigues of both upstairs and downstairs in a glittering society dominated by leisure.

Narrated by the elderly North from a distance of fifty years, Theophilus North is a fascinating commentary on youth and education from the vantage point of age, and deftly displays Wilder's trademark wit juxtaposed with his lively and timeless ruminations on what really matters about life, love, and work at the end of the day—even after a visit to Newport.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-...
Title:Theophilus North: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006241478X

ISBN - 13:9780062414786

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“An extremely entertaining array of American life in a bygone era.”