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The Series welcomes another author on April 8, when Penelope Niven comes to campus to talk about her most recent book — Thornton Wilder: A Life.

Thornton Wilder: A Life is the first biography of this pivotal, pioneering American playwright and novelist to be based on unprecedented access to thousands of pages of letters, public and private journals, manuscripts and other documentary evidence of Wilder's life, work and times. Niven has worked for more than a decade with unprecedented access to the Wilder papers in her exploration of his public life and work, and much of what he called the drama of his inner life.

Niven is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of poet Carl Sandburg and photographer Edward Steichen. Her books include Carl Sandburg: A Biography; Steichen: A Biography; Voices and Silences, co-authored with the actor James Earl Jones. Thornton Wilder: A Life will be published Oct. 30, 2012 by HarperCollins.

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