The Cabala and The Woman of Andros: Two Novels

The Cabala and The Woman of Andros Two Novels Featuring an illuminating new foreword by Penelope Niven and a revealing afterword by Tappan Wilder this reissue of two early books by Thornton Wilder reintroduces the reader to the author s first no

  • Title: The Cabala and The Woman of Andros: Two Novels
  • Author: Thornton Wilder Penelope Niven
  • ISBN: 9780060518578
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Featuring an illuminating new foreword by Penelope Niven and a revealing afterword by Tappan Wilder, this reissue of two early books by Thornton Wilder reintroduces the reader to the author s first novel, The Cabala, and to The Woman of Andros, one of the inspirations for his Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town.A young American student spends a year in the exotic world ofFeaturing an illuminating new foreword by Penelope Niven and a revealing afterword by Tappan Wilder, this reissue of two early books by Thornton Wilder reintroduces the reader to the author s first novel, The Cabala, and to The Woman of Andros, one of the inspirations for his Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town.A young American student spends a year in the exotic world of post World War I Rome While there, he experiences firsthand the waning days of a secret community a cabala of decaying royalty, a great cardinal of the Roman Church, and an assortment of memorable American ex pats The Cabala, a semiautobiographical novel of unforgettable characters and human passions, launched Wilder s career as a celebrated storyteller and dramatist.The Woman of Andros, Wilder s best selling novel, published in 1930, is set on the obscure Greek island of Brynos before the birth of Christ, and explores Everyman questions of what is precious about life and how we live, love, and die Eight years later, Wilder would pose the same questions on the stage in a play titled Our Town, also set in an obscure location, this time a village in New Hampshire The Woman of Andros is celebrated for some of the most beautiful writing in American literature.

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    1. Wilder, Thornton. THE CABALA. (1926). **. I tried to read this novel, Wilder’s first, about thirty years ago. I couldn’t get through it. this time I got through it, but found that I still didn’t like it. It was based on Wilder’s experiences in Rome at the American Academy. It includes many of his experiences during his archaeological studies in the city in the period 1920-1921. The structure of the novel is built around an around American writer, Samuele, and his introduction and subsequ [...]

    2. I've long wanted to read "The Cabala" because its characters are based on expatriates in Rome in 1920, when Thornton Wilder was a visiting student in archaeology at the American Academy in Rome. I know a little about that period but so far the only character I've been able to identify is John Keats, a hundred years too late! This was Wilder's first novel but I really wonder if anyone would publish it today, when being a Yale alumnus is less crucial to literary success. I could hardly finish the [...]

    3. It's one of Wilder's early novels, and it does come across pompous and it feels like Wilder was trying to impress us with his wit (lots of use of passive voice in this work) and he gets lost in trying to be clever. But, it does ring true about Wilder himself in the undercurrent and unstated bits if you know where to look. A writer can never hide himself entirely in his work, and bits of Wilder's own sexual orientation pop up in the 'homoerotic' moments. If you're a Wilder fan, it's a must read: [...]

    4. The Woman of Andros: Being a huge fan of Wilder, I had never found this more obscure novella until this year. Set in ancient Greece, like much of Wilder’s work, there is an exquisite tenderness for his characters, as they illustrate profound existential questions by their lives.The Cabala: One of the first of Wilder's that I read, it sold me by his mesmerizing writing. The Great Gatsby but in Rome among the old aristocracy, nouveau riche, and ex-pat Americans.

    5. Both short early novels are inevitably compared to the bestselling The Bridge of San Luis Rey (which was published in between the two). The Cabala reads like a study for the Bridge, with similar episodic character sketches but less emotional impact. The Woman of Andros is beautifully written but also somehow emotionally distant. I'm glad I read both but not sure I would read them again.

    6. Allegorical and compelling tales. About Italian aristocracy, a cabal; not jewish mysticism, Cabala. Andros deeply moving. 11 pages into piece have story of hero granted, on dieing, to be returned to earth one day. Finds people not conscious of the treasure of living. Other allegories in both 'books'.

    7. His first fiction effort is hardly a novel. A series of character studies of early 20th century Roman aristocracy and the expat community. Slight, well-written, and enjoyable.

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