Writer, born in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. He studied at Yale, then taught literature and classics at the University of Chicago (1930–7). His first novel, The Cabala, appeared in 1926, and was followed by The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927, Pulitzer). Other titles include The Woman of Andros (1930) and The Ides of March (1948). As a playwright, he is best-remembered for Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1942), both Pulitzer Prizes. His later plays include The Matchmaker (1954), on which the successful musical Hello Dolly (1964) was based.
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