Education: Fraternity of Man

Though Thornton Wilder is best known as a Pulitzer Prizewinning author of twelve novels and plays (The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Our Town, The Skin of Our Teeth), he has also pursued a second career over the course of 30 years. As a teacher, he has Cone from Lawrenceville School to the University of Chicago, and finally this year to Harvard, "continually drawing comparisons, not between institutions, but comparisons between something far more striking and instructive—comparisons between attitudes, tacit assumptions, the thought world of students that I have known throughout the decades of my teachings." At Harvard's commencement last week,...

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