The Skin of Our Teeth

A timeless statement about human foibles...and human endurance, The Skin of Our Teeth is Thornton Wilder’s brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, now reissued with a beautiful new cover and updated afterword by Wilder’s nephew, Tappan ...

Author: Thornton Wilder

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780063060098

Category: Drama

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A timeless statement about human foibles...and human endurance, The Skin of Our Teeth is Thornton Wilder’s brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, now reissued with a beautiful new cover and updated afterword by Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder. Time magazine called The Skin of Our Teeth "a sort of Hellzapoppin' with brains," as it broke from established theatrical conventions and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, and satire (among other styles), Thornton Wilder departs from his studied use of nostalgia and sentiment in Our Town to have an Eternal Family narrowly escape one disaster after another, from ancient times to the present. Meet George and Maggie Antrobus (married only 5,000 years); their two children, Gladys and Henry (perfect in every way!); and their maid, Sabina (the ageless vamp) as they overcome ice, flood, and war—by the skin of their teeth. Witty, clever, and provocative, The Skin of Our Teeth showcases Wilder’s storytelling genius and his extraordinary talents at delving deep into the human psyche.
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Thornton Wilder s The Skin of our Teeth

Part I unpacks the play’s singular yet deeply interconnected place in theatre history, comparing its metatheatrics to those of Stein, Pirandello and Brecht, and finding its anticipation of American fantasias in the works of Vogel and ...

Author: Kyle Gillette

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317288732

Category: Drama

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"Ladies and gentlemen, I’m not going to play this particular scene tonight." - Sabina Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (1942) telescopes an audacious stretch of western history and mythology into a family drama, showing how the course of human events operates like theatre itself: constantly mutable, vanishing and beginning again. Kyle Gillette explores Wilder’s extraordinary play in three parts. Part I unpacks the play’s singular yet deeply interconnected place in theatre history, comparing its metatheatrics to those of Stein, Pirandello and Brecht, and finding its anticipation of American fantasias in the works of Vogel and Kushner. Part II turns to the play’s many historic and mythic sources, and examines its concentration of western progress and power into the model of a white, American upper-middle-class nuclear family. Part III takes a longer view, tangling with the play’s philosophical stakes. Gillette magnifies the play’s ideas and connections, teasing out historical, theoretical and philosophical questions on behalf of readers, scholars and audience members alike.
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Thornton Wilder The Skin of Our Teeth The Female Characters of the Play

Especially the work of the American comedians Olsen and Johnson shows a certain affinity to Wilder's play. Wilder did not see himself as an innovator, but a man who tried to keep the craft of writing alive.

Author: Isabel Zosig

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656180845

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Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), University of Bamberg (Centre for British Studies), 10 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: When Wilder's "The Skin of our Teeth" first came to the stage in 1942, the audience had difficulty understanding the play. Many of them left the theatre before the 3rd Act had started. The audience hadn't shared the same background as Wilder and one could say that they weren't ready for his play yet. However, most of the critics favoured the new play and Wilder received his third Pulitzer Prize for it. "The Skin of our Teeth" is strongly influenced by Wilder's experience of two World Wars and his visit of English cities, which had been destroyed by German bombs, in 1941, where he was astonished by the "almost amused bewilderment"1 the British showed whilst facing the disasters of war.2 During the late 1930s Wilder studied the works of James Joyce and admits that "The Skin of our Teeth" is "deeply indebted to James Joyce's Finnegans Wake"3, whilst critics called it "an American re-creation, thinly disguised"4 with reference to the Joycean novel. He borrowed ideas from many other authors like Andre Obey. A second source of inspiration, every bit as important to "The Skin of our Teeth" as the highbrow "Finnegan's Wake," was the lowbrow, popular entertainment of the day: the burlesque. Especially the work of the American comedians Olsen and Johnson shows a certain affinity to Wilder's play. Wilder did not see himself as an innovator, but a man who tried to keep the craft of writing alive. "I am not an innovator, but a rediscoverer of forgotten goods and I hope a remover of obtrusive bric a brac"5 1 Erwin Haberle, Das szenische Werk Thornton Wilders (Heidelberg 1967) pp. 91 2 ibid. pp. 91-107 3 Thornton Wilder, Our Town and Other Plays (1962) p.14 4 Rex Burbank, Thornton Wilder (Boston 1961), p.101 5 Thorton Wilder, Our Town and Other Plays (1962), p.14"
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The Skin of Our Teeth

The Kennedy Center and Xerox Corporation present Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth".

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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth".
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Our Town

Author: Thornton Wilder

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ISBN: OCLC:806480721

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By the Skin of Our Teeth

In By the Skin of Our Teeth: The Art and Design of Morning Breath, Cunningham and Noto tell the story of Morning Breath in this collection showcasing their artwork and designs, from music packaging, T-shirts, and posters to fine arts, ...

Author: Jason Noto

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062348623

Category: Art

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A lush, full-color, beautifully designed visual history that brings to life the innovative and creative world of Morning Breath Co. Inc., the Brooklyn-based boutique design studio whose collaborators including top musical artists (from Jay Z to the Foo Fighters) as well as such top brands as Vans and Adidas. In 1996 while working at the in-house design department at Think Skateboards in San Francisco, creatives Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto forged a collaborative style that would transform into a remarkable partnership: an endeavor they called Morning Breath. Working with some of the top music artists and corporations, Morning Breath Co. Inc. has made its aesthetic mark on pop culture, devising Grammy-nominated and award-winning work that has been featured in art shows across the country. Incorporating passé pop culture art elements into fresh, original imagery, this go-to design team for the Foo Fighters has produced an amazing portfolio of artwork for a wide range of clients, including Absolut Vodka, Solomon Snowboards, MTV, Pepsi, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z , Slayer, Queens of the Stone Age, Vans, and Adidas. In By the Skin of Our Teeth: The Art and Design of Morning Breath, Cunningham and Noto tell the story of Morning Breath in this collection showcasing their artwork and designs, from music packaging, T-shirts, and posters to fine arts, lifestyle, and products. They also spotlight the artistic influences and roots that have shaped them, including graffiti art, silk screening, computer graphics, collaging, painting, and fine arts. Filled with dozens of full-color images, By the Skin of Our Teeth is an invaluable display of Morning Breath’s provocative, imaginative, and original style—a combination of the dream-like and the quotidian—that has captured the attention of artists, designers, and pop culture lovers everywhere. The list of contributors consists of a wide-range of writers and artists, all of whom help put the creative work of Morning Breath in narrative perspective. Contributors include Bill Adler, Jeremy Fish, Geoff Peveto, Evan Pricco, and Eddie Zammit.
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A Study Guide for Thornton Wilder s The Skin of Our Teeth

This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781410358134

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Drama For Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Drama For Students for all of your research needs.
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Our Town

Author: Thornton Wilder

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ISBN: OCLC:610315846

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Three Plays

Author: Thornton Wilder

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ISBN: OCLC:907411272

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Our Town

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