The eighth day
by Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975,
|Format:||Print Book 2006|
|Availability:||Unavailable 0 of 1 copy|
"[Wilder's] finest and most beautiful novel. . . . Spanning two continents and several generations, it begins as a murder mystery and goes on to tell a story, at once dramatic and philosophical, about the range of human courage, aspirations, steadfastness, weakness, defeat and victory." -- New York Post
This beautiful edition of Thornton Wilder's renowned National Book Award-winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on unique sources as Wilder's unpublished letters, handwritten annotations, and other illuminating documentary material.
At once a murder mystery and a philosophical tale, The Eighth Day is a "suspenseful and deeply moving" (New York Times) work of classic stature that has been hailed as a great American epic.
Set in a mining town in southern Illinois, the novels centers around two families blasted apart when the patriarch of one family, John Ashley, is accused of murdering his best friend. Ashley's miraculous jailbreak on the eve of his execution and his subsequent flight to South America trigger a powerful story tracing the fates of all those whose lives are forever changed by the tragedy: Ashley himself, his wife and children, and the wife and children of the victim.
City and town life
Murder -- Illinois -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Illinois -- Fiction.
|Publisher|| New York :Harper Perennial Modern Classics,2006
|Edition||1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed.|
"This new edition of Thornton Wilder's renowned 1967 National Book Award-winning novel features a new foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder's unpublished letters, handwritten annotations in the margins of the book, and other illuminating documentary material."--Back cover.
National Book Award for Fiction, 1968
xvii, 481 pages ; 21 cm