Chronology

1897
Born in Madison, Wisconsin (April 17)
1906
To Hong Kong (May)
To Berkeley, California (October)
1906-1910
Emerson Public School in Berkeley
1910
China Inland Mission School, Chefoo, China
1912-1913
Thacher School, Ojai, California
First play: The Russian Princess

1915
Graduates from Berkeley High School
1915-1917
Oberlin College
1920
B.A., Yale College
1920-1921
American Adademy in Rome
1920s
Teacher, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
1924
First visit to the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire

1926
M.A., French, Princeton University
The Trumpet Shall Sound produced in New York (Laboratory Theater)
First novel published: The Cabala
1927
Second novel published: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Pulitzer)
1930

The Woman of Andros (novel)
1931
The Long Christmas Dinner and Other Plays
1932

Lucrece (translation of Andre Obey’s play, Le Viol de Lucrece) opens on Broadway with Katharine Cornell
1935
Heaven’s My Destination (novel, Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection)
1937

TW’s adaptation of A Doll’s House opens on Broadway with Ruth Gordon

1938
Our Town opens on Broadway with Martha Scott and Frank Craven (Pulitzer)
The Merchant of Yonkers opens on Broadway, directed by Max Reinhardt
1942
The Skin Of Our Teeth opens on Broadway with Tallulah Bankhead and Fredric March (Pulitzer)
Screenplay for Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt

1942-1945
Military service with Army Air Force Intelligence in North Africa and Italy
1948
The Ides Of March (novel, Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection)
The Victors (translation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Morts Sans Sepulture) opens off-Broadway
1951-1952
Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard
1952
Gold Medal for Fiction, American Academy of Arts and Letters

1953
On cover of Time Magazine (January 12)
1955

The Matchmaker opens on Broadway with Ruth Gordon
1955
The Alcestiad produced at Edinburgh Festival with Irene Worth
1957
German Peace Prize
1961
Opera version of The Long Christmas Dinner (music by Paul Hindemith, libretto by Wilder) performed in Germany

1962
Plays for Bleecker Street (Someone from Assisi, Infancy, and Childhood) performed at Circle in the Square Theater in New York City
Operatic version of The Alcestiad (music by Louise Talma, libretto by Wilder) opens in Germany
1963
Presidential Medal of Freedom (December 1)
1964
Hello, Dolly! opens on Broadway with Carol Channing
1965
National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature
1967
The Eighth Day published (novel, National Book Award for Fiction)
1973
Theophilus North published (novel)
1975
Dies in sleep at home in Hamden, Connecticut (December 7)

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