The Skin of Our Teeth: A Play (Paperback)
"Wilder has become a prophet again, searching for values that make humanity worth saving, in a world constantly on the verge of being destroyed either by pitiless nature or by human rage, selfishness, and folly." —Michael Feingold, Village Voice
A timeless statement about human foibles and human endurance, The Skin of Our Teeth brilliantly showcases Thornton Wilder’s storytelling genius and extraordinary talent for delving deep into the human psyche. This edition includes an updated afterword by Wilder's nephew, Tappan Wilder, with illuminating material about the author and play.
Written by Wilder less than a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, The Skin of Our Teeth broke from established theatrical conventions of nostalgia and sentiment and walked off with the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Combining farce, burlesque, satire, and more, Wilder depicts and Everyman Family as it narrowly escapes one end-of-the-world disaster after another. 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.
About the Author
Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Wilder's The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and films. (His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of Doubt  remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day.) Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.
“It is not easy to think of any other American play with so good a chance of being acted a hundred years from now.”
— Atlantic Monthly
“Thornton Wilder will survive....as long as there are people around who are willing to sit in something called a theater and be reminded of their common humanity.”
— Alan Schneider, New York Times
"Wilder has become a prophet again, searching for values that make humanity worth saving, in a world constantly on the verge of being destroyed either by pitiless nature or by human rage, selfishness, and folly."
— Michael Feingold, Village Voice