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Four letters from Thornton Wilder to the Dolphin Bookshop, Oxford

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MS. 12294
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Four letters from Thornton Wilder to Joan Gili of the Dolphin Bookshop, Oxford, concerning the purchase and delivery of fifteen volumes of the Spanish Royal Academy's edition of the plays of Lope de Vega, Apr 1951-Jul 1952.


  • Creation: Apr 1951-Jul 1952


5 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 12294

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CMD ID 12294


Four letters from Thornton Wilder to the Dolphin Bookshop, Oxford.

Biographical / Historical

Thornton Niven Wilder (1897-1975) was an American playwright and novelist who won three Pulitzer Prizes for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. He served in the First and Second World Wars and taught as a visiting professor at Harvard University; fluent in four languages, he also undertook translation work.

Joan Gili (1907-1998), known as John Gili, was a Catalan antiquarian book-seller, publisher and translator. He moved to England in 1934 and opened the Dolphin Bookshop in London, specialising in Spanish and Latin American texts. During the Second World War he moved the bookshop to Oxford, where he worked until the end of his life.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from James Fergusson Books & Manuscripts on 19 April 2016.

Catalogue of Four Letters from Thornton Wilder to the Dolphin Bookshop, Oxford
Finding aid prepared by Meg Woodward
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom