“The Bridge of San Luis Rey” 1928

On May 7, 1928, all-American writer Thorton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Bridge of San Luis Rey”.  According to a review by Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers, the book was “a stylized fable set in colonial Peru, where a famous rope bridge over a deep chasm collapses while five travelers, all of whom just seemed to be starting to make new lives for themselves after wasted years, fall to their deaths. A scholarly monk piously sets out to learn all he can of their histories in an effort to determine whether the fall can be attributed to divine design or accident, but for his trouble both he and his work are burned by the Inquisition.”

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