The brilliant later novels and never-before-published autobiographical writings of the author of Our Town. The best thing he ever wrote,' observed Edmund Wilson of Thornton Wilder's National Book Award winner. The Eighth Day (1967), an enthralling novel that shows Wilder revisiting the small-town America of Our Town to fashion a philosophical whodunit. A wrongful conviction for murder and a daring rescue lead to a meditation on justice, destiny, and 'the impassioned will,' for which 'nothing is impossible.' Wilder's last novel, the semi-autobiographical. Theophilus North (1973), is an affectionate portrait of Newport, Rhode Island, in the 1920s and a playful, valedictory glance at Wilder's young manhood.