Percival Wilde

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Percival Wilde
Born (1887-03-01)March 1, 1887
New York City
Died September 19, 1953(1953-09-19) (aged 66)
Occupation playwright, writer
Nationality American
Genre Detective fiction, Comedy
Notable works Inquest (1938)

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.[1] 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.[2] He began writing plays in 1912.[2]

Wilde's plays were especially popular in the Little Theatre Movement.[3]

List of works[edit]

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


  • The Devil's Booth (1930)
  • Mystery Week-End (1938)
  • Inquest (1938)
  • Design for Murder (1941)

Collections of short stories[edit]

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


Films (Story)[edit]

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


  • The Craftmanship of One-Act Plays (1923)


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  2. ^ a b Manly, John Matthews; Ricker, Edith (1922). Contemporary American Literature. p. 162. 
  3. ^ Fisher, James; Londré, Felicia Hardison (2013). The A to Z of American Theater: Modernism. p. 516. ISBN 9780810870475. 

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