“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?”: First Edition of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama Our Town; Inscribed by Him

  • Our Town: A Play in Three Acts.
  • Our Town: A Play in Three Acts.

Our Town: A Play in Three Acts.

Item Number: 23025

New York: Coward McCann, 1938.

First edition of the author’s second Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Inscribed by the author on the title page. “For Willard Cary, with the best wishes and thanks of Thornton Wilder Cohasset July 1939.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing and a small chip to the crown. Uncommon signed and inscribed.

Our Town is a 1938 metatheatrical three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. Our Town was first performed at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey in 1938. It later went on to success on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize.