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Prof. Oczkowicz Publishes Wilder Interviews

Edyta K. Oczkowicz, associate professor of English at Salem College, has published two interviews with notable Thornton Wilder scholars. The first interview is with Penelope Niven, a renowned biographer and writer-in-residence at Salem College. It focuses on Nivens most recent project, Thornton Wilder: A Biography that will be released by...

Edyta K. Oczkowicz, associate professor of English at Salem College, has published two interviews with notable Thornton Wilder scholars.

The first interview is with Penelope Niven, a renowned biographer and writer-in-residence at Salem College. It focuses on Niven’s most recent project, Thornton Wilder: A Biography that will be released by Harper Collins in fall 2010. In the words of Tappan Wilder, the writer’s nephew and literary executor, “because Niven’s biography is the first to draw on anything like a full record, we can fairly view her work as the first formal biographical treatment of Thornton Wilder.”

The second interview is with Robin Wilder, an archival historian and the writer’s niece by marriage, and Jackson R. Bryer, professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland and the president of the Thornton Wilder Society. Wilder and Bryer talk about the process of editing The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder that Harper Collins released in hard cover in fall 2008. A paperback edition of this important volume for the Wilder studies is coming out in fall 2009.

Both interviews are featured in the fall 2009 issue of the Thornton Wilder Society Newsletter.