The Woman of Andros

The Woman of Andros is a 1930 novel by Thornton Wilder. Inspired by Andria, a comedy by Terence, it was the third-best selling book in the United States in 1930.

The Woman of Andros
First edition cover
AuthorThornton Wilder
CountryUnited States
PublisherAlbert & Charles Boni
Publication date
February 1930
Media typeHardcover

The novel is set on the fictional Greek island of Brynos in the pre-Christian era, probably around 200 B.C. (i.e., in the decline of Greece's golden age though the novel does not give an explicit date)[1][2] The book examines conflicts between Christian and pre-Christian morality.

Though some reviews considered the novel a masterpiece, others were more critical.[3] This was the first time that Wilder's work received any significant negative critical response. Mike Gold's review in The New Republic faulted Wilder for not addressing modern social issues.[4][5]


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