Posted on January 11, 2024 at 12:54 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

At first glance, there isn't an obvious thread between the long-deceased playwright Thornton Wilder and musician Lisa Marie Presley, who died a year ago.

But news about their literary legacies both came across the newswire in the past day.

In regards to Wilder, Deadline noted that for the first time, a non-relative has been chosen to lead the literary estate.

Wilder's nephew said that his successor — the author and former drama critic Jeremy McCarter — will be able to devote the necessary time and energy to manage use of Wilder's plays, fiction and nonfiction writing, music and archival holdings.

Among those works: the play Our Town and the novel The Matchmaker, upon which the musical Hello, Dolly! is based.

As for Presley, she was working on a memoir at the time of her death, and her eldest child, actor Riley Keough, completed it so it could be published October 15.

Keough said in a statement released by Random House that the book will allow people to see Presley as more than Elvis Presley's daughter, according to the Associated Press.

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