This chapter describes Thornton Wilder as our culture's finest living example of faute de mieux. He is our stage philosopher, in the absence of any other, our house allegorist, the man we turn to for civilizing counterinfluences to the practices of the new barbarians. He is much loved by the reflective, the humanistic, the homespun, the quietly patriotic, the slightly disenchanted, the moderately iconoclastic, and all who crave “satisfying evenings in the theater.” All of which is not to say that he lacks real virtues; there is no denying that he is one of our most accomplished stylists, whose easy art is hard to dislike and harder to dislodge.
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