This Thornton Wilder play, the story of life on Earth from prehistoric times through World War II as lived by Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, their two children, and their house maid, Sabina, is ... See full summary »

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This Thornton Wilder play, the story of life on Earth from prehistoric times through World War II as lived by Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus, their two children, and their house maid, Sabina, is filled with biblical and mythological references. Written by Wayne 119

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"The Skin of our Teeth" Pacific won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1943. See more »

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Remade as American Playhouse: The Skin of Our Teeth (1983) See more »

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Rewrite of "Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce
28 May 2002 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

This play is a rip-off of "Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce. There are literaly hundreds of parallels and Wilder took a four-line quote from Joyce's work verbatim, never crediting Joyce in the least.

Fortunately for Wilder, `The Skin of Our Teeth' was written in 1941, the `Wake' was published in 1939, with the war breaking out and Wilder being in the military nobody wanted to discredit a soldier.

But the facts remain. In 1945 the Saturday Evening Post published an article `The Skin of Who's Teeth, Part II' by Joseph Campbell and Henry Morton Robinson exposing the whole mess.

Cheaters never prosper.


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