Additional Resources for The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

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Cowley, Malcolm, "Thornton Wilder: Time Abolished," in New England Writers and Writing, University Press of New England, 1996, pp. 232-43.

This brief essay gives readers a concise overview of Wilder's life from one of the most respected literary critics of his time.

Haberman, Donald, "Appendix," in The Plays of Thornton Wilder: A Critical Study, Wesleyan University Press, 1967, pp. 127-136.

At the end of his analysis of Wilder's work, Haberman includes a three-column, side-by-side comparison of a section from Molière's L'Avare and Wilder's rewriting of it.

Lifton, Paul, "'The Sign of Kierkegaard': Existential Aspects of Wilder's Theatre," in Vast Encyclopedia: The Theatre of Thornton Wilder, Greenwood Press, 1995, pp. 122-67.

Certainly one of the most scholarly treatments of this farce, Lifton's study finds the philosophical basis for the actions of Irene Molloy and Dolly Levi, placing them in the context of Wilder's plays in general.

McClatchy, J. D., "Wilder and the Marvels of the Heart," in the New York Times Book Review, April 15, 1997, p. 1.

This article looks with great appreciation at Wilder's comic instincts, relating biographical facts that shaped his easygoing style and attitude.

Walsh, Claudette, Thornton Wilder: A Reference Guide, 1926-1990, G. K. Hall & Co., 1993.

This 450-page bibliography refers readers to thousands of publications about Wilder.

Wilder, Amos Niven, "A Brother's Perspective," in Readings on Thornton Wilder, Greenhaven Press, 1998, pp. 145-53.

Wilder's brother Amos, himself a respected literary figure, has a unique summary of the author and his work.

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