CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1987
The brouhaha over Biden's unattributed quotations reminds me of a conversation I had many years ago with Thornton Wilder. I mentioned that his play, "The Matchmaker," bore a remarkable resemblance to a play by Johannes Nestroy, an early 19th-Century Austrian playwright, the title of which, loosely translated, would be "The Trickster." Wilder responded, with his usual twinkling charm, "Of course, I stole it. I steal all the time--but only from the best." Certainly, Biden's stealings or borrowings are far superior to those of the present incumbent who takes many of his rhetorical quotations from grade B, Rambo-esque movies.