The Eighth Day - Thornton Wilder

The Eighth Day

By Thornton Wilder

  • Release Date: 2014-02-25
  • Genre: Classics

Book Synopsis

Thornton Wilder’s renowned 1967 National Book Award–winning novel features a foreword by John Updike and an afterword by Tappan Wilder, who draws on such unique sources as Wilder’s unpublished letters, handwritten annotations in the margins of the book, and other illuminating documentary material.

In 1962 and 1963, Thornton Wilder spent twenty months in hibernation, away from family and friends, in the town of Douglas, Arizona. While there, he launched The Eighth Day, a tale set in a mining town in southern Illinois about two families blasted apart by the apparent murder of one father by the other. The miraculous escape of the accused killer, John Ashley, on the eve of his execution and his flight to freedom triggers a powerful story tracing the fate of his and the victim’s wife and children.

At once a murder mystery and a philosophical story, The Eighth Day is a “suspenseful and deeply moving” (New York Times) work of classic stature that has been hailed as a great American epic.

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Latest Impressions

  • Last pages missing!! OOPS: CORRECTION

    By HawaiiMark
    I stopped by a book store and looked at a paper copy and this book actually ends with an incomplete sentence, no period. Nothing is missing from the final pages after all. My mistake. Pls ignore my earlier comment about the missing the last page. This is a fine novel. I read it 40 years ago in paper, so I I bought the iBook edition, which has nice additional commentary. BUT BEWARE!! The current download is missing the last pages. Don’t buy it until the whole book is available for download. I would have rated it five stars except for this omission.