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.
First edition cover
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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) The book examines conflicts between Christian and pre-Christian morality.
Though some reviews considered the novel a masterpiece, others were more critical. 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.
- The Cabala and The Woman of Andros - Two Novels, Harper Collins Canada (description for 2006 reissue), Retrieved 26 November 2014
- (23 February 1930). Thornton Wilder's New Tale Has Classic Beauty; In Its Perfection of Form, "The Woman of Andros" Surpasses His Previous Work (book review), The New York Times
- All Movie Guide Biography, via nytimes.com, Retrieved 26 November 2014
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