Theophilus North A Novel Kindle ò Theophilus North

Marking the thirtieth anniversary of Theophilus North this beautiful new edition features Wilder's unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary material all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder The last of Wilder's works published during his lifetime this novel is part autobiographical and part the 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 Theophilus North A Novel


About the Author: Thornton Wilder

Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist He received three Pulitzer Prizes one for his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and two for his plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth and a National Book Award for his novel The Eighth DayFor see



10 thoughts on “Theophilus North A Novel

  1. says:

    Continuing our f2f discussion group's bookfilm season I suggested this title as I had enjoyed the movie Mr North which had been filmed in Rhode Island John Huston actually passed away here during filming and was replaced by Robert Mitchum Anyway I had never read the book nor anything by Wilder so I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this Talk about richnes


  2. says:

    I feel like an old lady at a health resort reading about a really nice young man who is so sharp witted and gentle that one can almost imagine how handsome he isThe above is going to be expanded on and spoilers are going to be addedOn the whole it seems like a book about a self righteous piece of shit smart assing around town This guy is a teacher and went to c


  3. says:

    Probably my most favorite book It has a touch of magic and something we can all relate to the endless uest to figure out who we are and how we fit into the world around us


  4. says:

    I made it about 160 pages before breaking into a brisk skimWilder wrote some artful tightly structured works and this is not one of them The novel has absolutely no rising action or character development other than the most unimaginative tacked on attempt at whaddayacallit kunstleroman And when I say unimaginative and tacked on I mean it on the very last page someone


  5. says:

    This is one of my favorite books of all time I think it is unfortunately titled because the title doesn't really give a clue to the nature of the bookThis is a somewhat autobiographical novel with the emphasis on 'somewhat' of Thornton Wilder Theophilus has left a tiresome position as a teacher and at the age of 29 has the opportunity to spend some time to explore his f


  6. says:

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this novel It was Thornton Wilder's last novel and it was a good place to start It is a little hard to believe that this book was written in 1973 as it is set during and after the First World War and it avoids the problem of anachronisms very well One of the reasons that I like the book is because it is set in NewportRhode Island and I li


  7. says:

    In college two of my favorite professors offered a special course on Thornton Wilder which introduced me to his now mostly forgotten novels Theophilus North was a favorite and I'm enjoying re reading it now It recounts the adventures of a Yale graduate Theophilus North a semi autobiographical protagonist in Newport Rhode Island 1926 Erudite witty and wise


  8. says:

    One of my favorite books of all time It's actually really hard to find an original copy of it I found mine on eBay and I think I still have my mom's copy of it


  9. says:

    At first I wanted to say that it has a slow start and it gets interesting as the book progressesNow I want to say that it is one of the most amazing books I've read I have to say that I was a little skeptical at first when I saw the book is about American life To my disgrace I've always associated a certain vanity with something American as opposed to something European I'm glad t


  10. says:

    Wow this is a tough one to review It's a story of a twentysomething named Theophilus North He spends his summer in Newport and finds himself getting involved in the life of its inhabitants In a way it feels like a series of vignettes than a traditional novel Each chapter deals with Theophilus and a new cast of characters I really enjoyed most chapters; some were dull; some were confu


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