Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Paterson


I was born an identical twin, and the twin only lived a few hours, but he would have been called Theophilus; so, this is my other self. The framework is the same as mine, but he's a very different fellow from me; so, it's how my life might have been had I been born that other fellow. It's first autobiography and then fiction, but I don't know of any other work where the author was imagining himself as his anti-self. I'm dutiful, I’m conscientious, I’m school masterish, but Theophilus is a helluva fella. A liar but a very good man--and I'm not as altruistic as he is--he's that mixture of the scoundrel in the frustrated saint. (Theophilus North is) a comedy with very seldom underground. -Thornton Wilder in The Guardian. The approach to the development of Thornton Wilder's novel Theophilus North into a Chamber Theatre script is based on the author's own conception cited above. The intent of the script is to show that Ted North is, indeed “a helluva fella.”


THEOPHILUS NORTH by Thornton Wilder adapted for the stage by James W. Eisenhardt in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts degree. Copyright 1983 James W. Eisenhardt.

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