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Percival Wilde

Percival Wilde

American writer
Percival Wilde
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American writer
Was Writer Novelist Playwright
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 1 March 1887, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 19 September 1953, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (aged 66 years)
Percival Wilde
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Percival Wilde (New York City, March 1, 1887 – September 19, 1953) was an American author and playwright who wrote novels and numerous short stories and one-act plays. He also authored a textbook on the theater arts. Native to New York City, Wilde graduated from Columbia University in 1906, and worked for a time as a banker. He began writing plays in 1912.

Wilde's plays were especially popular in the Little Theatre Movement.

List of works

Production of The Finger of God at Shimer College in 1952.


  • Mystery Week-End (1938)
  • Inquest (1938)
  • Design for Murder (1941)

Collections of short stories

  • Rogues in Clover (1929)
  • P. Moran, Operative (1947)


  • Dawn and One Act Plays Of Life Today (1915) ISBN 978-0-548-52580-7
    • Dawn
    • The Noble Lord
    • The Traitor
    • A House of Cards
    • Playing With Fire
    • The Finger of God
  • Confessional, and Other American Plays (1916)
    • Confessional
    • The Beautiful Story ISBN 978-1-4254-7780-6
    • The Villain in the Piece ISBN 978-1-4254-7777-6
    • A Question of Morality ISBN 978-1-4254-7779-0
    • According to Darwin ISBN 978-1-4254-7778-3
  • The Unseen Host, and Other War Plays (1917) ISBN 978-0-548-94615-2
  • The Reckoning (1930) ISBN 978-0-548-69217-2
  • Eight Comedies For Little Theaters ISBN 978-0-548-52675-0

Films (Story)

  • Moonlight Follies (1921)
  • The Guttersnipe (1922)
  • The Rise of Duton Lang (1955)


  • The Craftmanship of One-Act Plays (1923)
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