A. Tappan Wilder
Friday, September 25, 1998
3:00 PM Lecture
A. Tappan Wilder is Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, and the manager of his literary and dramatic properties. He is also involved with the literary legacies of Thornton’s three sisters and older brother. Mr. Wilder is a graduate of Yale College and holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin and a M. Phil in American Studies from Yale.
4:00 PM Reception
8:00 PM Performance, The
10:00 PM Opening Night Reception, Scales Lobby
Saturday, September 26, 1998
8:30 AM Registration, coffee and Danish
9:00 AM Session I: REDISCOVERING WILDER
Penelope Niven is the author of Carl Sandburg: A Biography (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1991; University of Illinois Press, 1994; co-author with the actor James Earl Jones of James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1993; Simon and Schuster Touchstone, 1994) and author of Steichen: A Biography (Clarkson Potter/Crown/Random House, 1997). This book has been featured in The New Yorker and other publications, and selected by Library Journal as one of the thirty-two Best Books of 1997.
Mrs. Niven recently signed a contract with Henry Holt to write a biography of Thornton Wilder, was the Thornton Wilder Visiting Fello at the Beinecke Library at Yale University for 1997-1998, and has received a 1998 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to support her work on Wilder.
Dr. Robin G. Wilder
Dr. Robin G. Wilder, co-editor of The Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder, in progress. Independent scholar Robin Wilder is married to A. Tappan Wilder, and knew Thornton Wilder during the sixties and seventies, the last decades of his life.
10:30 AM: Mid-morning Break
11:00 AM Session II: WILDER, LIVE!
David Finkle, critic and freelance journalist who writes regularly about the arts [The Village Voice, The New York Times, American Theatre and In Theatre, Publishers Weekly and others]. He is an author, librettist, lyricist, and performer.
12:30 noon Lunch recess
1:30 PM Session III: THE HARDWORKING BUSINESS OF LITERARY MANAGEMENT
Introduced by Robert N. Hamilton, (WFU ’98)
Literary, theater and television agent Barbara Hogenson of the Barbara Hogenson Agency in New York discusses everything you’ve always wanted to know about agents – how they work, what they charge, what they are looking for, how to find one, what they do, etc.
A. Tappan Wilder
2:45 PM: Afternoon break & Refreshments
3:00 PM Session IV: WILDER STILL
Don Wolfe, Tappan Wilder, Barbara Hogenson, David Finkle and others discuss the permanence of Wilder’s contribution to American drama and literature.
4:30 PM Closing remarks