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Collects a selection of the many interviews Wilson gave from 1984 to 2004. In the interviews, the playwright covers at length and in detail his plays and his background. He comments as well on such subjects as the differences between African Americans and whites, his call for more black theater companies, and his belief that African Americans made a mistake in assimilating themselves into the white mainstream. He also talks about his major influences, what he calls his "four B's"-- the blues, writers James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka, and painter Romare Bearden. Wilson also discusses his writing process and his multiple collaborations with director Lloyd Richards--Publisher description.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: August Wilson
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release: 2006
File: 260 Pages
ISBN-13: 1578068312

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A research and study guide to four plays by August Wilson includes plot summaries, lists of characters, and critical views.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781604133936

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Marilyn Elkins
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-10-23
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135704346

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Outlines the plot and characters of this groundbreaking play; explains the production, historical context, and themes; and includes critiques and reactions of scholars.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Sandra Garrett Shannon
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2003
File: 201 Pages
ISBN-13: 0313318808

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In this critical study Mary L. Bogumil argues that Wilson gives voice to disfranchised and marginalized African Americans who have been promised a place and a stake in the American dream but find access to the rights and freedoms promised to all Americans difficult. The author maintains that Wilson not only portrays African Americans and the predicaments of American life but also sheds light on the atavistic connection African Americans have to their African ancestors.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Mary L. Bogumil
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Release: 1999
File: 165 Pages
ISBN-13: 1570032521

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A critical analysis of Wilson's plays discusses his exploration of African American life in the twentieth century

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Peter Wolfe
Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA
Release: 1999
File: 169 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015043052656

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Pulitzer-prizewinning playwright August Wilson, author of Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and The Piano Lesson, among other dramatic works, is one of the most well respected American playwrights on the contemporary stage. The founder of the Black Horizon Theater Company, his self-defined dramatic project is to review twentieth-century African American history by creating a play for each decade. Theater scholar and critic Harry J. Elam examines Wilson's published plays within the context of contemporary African American literature and in relation to concepts of memory and history, culture and resistance, race and representation. Elam finds that each of Wilson's plays recaptures narratives lost, ignored, or avoided to create a new experience of the past that questions the historical categories of race and the meanings of blackness. Harry J. Elam, Jr. is Professor of Drama at Stanford University and author of Taking It to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka (The University of Michigan Press).

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Harry J. Elam
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Release: 2009-05-21
File: 307 Pages
ISBN-13: 0472021842

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Just prior to his death in 2005, August Wilson, arguably the most important American playwright of the last quarter-century, completed an ambitious cycle of ten plays, each set in a different decade of the twentieth century. Known as the Twentieth-Century Cycle or the Pittsburgh Cycle, the plays, which portrayed the struggles of African-Americans, won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. August Wilson: Completing the Twentieth-Century Cycle is the first volume devoted to the last five plays of the cycle individually—Jitney,Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf—and in the context of Wilson's entire body of work. Editor Alan Nadel's May All Your Fences Have Gates: Essays on the Drama of August Wilson, a work Henry Louis Gates called definitive, focused on the first five plays of Wilson's cycle. This new collection examines from myriad perspectives the way Wilson's final works give shape and focus to his complete dramatic opus. It contains an outstanding and diverse array of discussions from leading Wilson scholars and literary critics. Together, the essays in Nadel's two volumes give Wilson's work the breadth of analysis and understanding that this major figure of American drama merits. Contributors Herman Beavers Yvonne Chambers Soyica Diggs Colbert Harry J. Elam, Jr. Nathan Grant David LaCroix Barbara Lewis Alan Nadel Donald E. Pease Sandra Shannon Vivian Gist Spencer Anthony Stewart Steven C. Tracy Dana Williams Kimmika L. H. Williams-Witherspoon

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Alan Nadel
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Release: 2010-05-16
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781587299353

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Fences represents the decade of the 1950s, and, when it premiered in 1985, it won the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the beginnings of the civil rights movement, it also concerns generational change and renewal, ending with a celebration of the life of its protagonist, even though it takes place at his funeral. Critics and scholars have lauded August Wilson's work for its universality and its ability, especially in Fences, to transcend racial barriers and this play helped to earn him the titles of "America's greatest playwright" and "the African American Shakespeare."

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Ladrica Menson-Furr
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2013-06-06
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781441168443

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"Regular cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970s, and so the residents turn to each other. Jitney dramatizes the lives of men hustling to make a living as jitneys--unofficial, unlicensed taxi cab drivers. When the boss Becker's son returns from prison, violence threatens to erupt. What makes this play remarkable is not the plot; Jitney is Wilson at his most real--the words these men use and the stories they tell form a true slice of life."--The Wikipedia entry, accessed 5/22/2014.

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Genre: Drama
Author: August Wilson
Publisher: Concord Theatricals
Release: 2002
File: 97 Pages
ISBN-13: 0573627959

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