Thornton Wilder to Marian MacDowell, April 30, 1928. Holograph letter.
Thornton Wilder to Marian MacDowell, April 30, 1928.
In 1926 a young teacher named Thornton Wilder came to The MacDowell Colony to work on his second novel, a story about a priest’s search for meaning in the accidental death of five people when a bridge collapses in Peru. The Bridge of San Luis Rey brought Wilder fame and earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 1928. Long sections of the book were written at The MacDowell Colony. Wilder reminisced about working on the book in this letter to Marian MacDowell from 1928.