Lecture: Signposts, Footprints, Clues: Discovering and Rediscovering Wilder

Marietta College’s popular Esbenshade Series, which provides captivating cultural experiences to the campus and the community, will host the event Signposts, Footprints, Clues: Discovering and Rediscovering Thornton Wilder.

Thornton Wilder wrote in a 1928 lecture that the great letter writers left “signposts, footprints, clues of the life of their more-than-usual, their extraordinary hearts.” In his drama and fiction, as well as in his letters and journals, Wilder left “signposts, footprints” and “clues” that can guide us in an exploration of his life and work. Join noted author, Penelope Niven, as she shares the work of her latest book, Thorton Wilder: A Life.

Further event details can be found on Marietta College’s Esbenshade Series webpage.

About the Esbenshade Series
Established through a generous gift in 1980, the series is endowed by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund to bring lectures, performing artists, and programs in the humanities to the Marietta community. All Esbenshade Series performances start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Alma McDonough Auditorium unless specified otherwise. All performances are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit the Esbenshade Series page on the Marietta College website.

About Penelope Niven
Penelope Niven is the critically acclaimed author of Carl Sandburg: A Biography, Steichen: A Biography, and, most recently, Thornton Wilder: A Life. She and James Earl Jones co-authored Voices and Silences, praised as a classic on acting, and she has written a memoir, Swimming Lessons. Carl Sandburg: Adventures of a Poet, her biography for children, was awarded an International Reading Association Prize “for exceptionally distinguished literature for children,” one of six books honored among publications from 99 countries. Visit Penelope Niven online.