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Wilson, August

Works: 281 works in 723 publications in 2 languages and 42,972 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical drama  Music  Film adaptations  Biography 
Roles: Author, Producer, Author of screenplay, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Director, Speaker
Classifications: PS3573.I45677, 812.54
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Most widely held works about August Wilson
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Most widely held works by August Wilson
Fences : a play by August Wilson( Book )
61 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 3,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During the 1950's Troy Maxson struggles against racism and tries to preserve his feelings of pride in himself
The piano lesson by August Wilson( Book )
37 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 3,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
August Wilson has already given the American theater such spell-binding plays about the black experience in 20th-century America as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom , Joe Turner's Come and Gone , and the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Fences . In his second Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Piano Lesson , Wilson has fashioned his most haunting and dramatic work yet. At the heart of the play stands the ornately carved upright piano which, as the Charles family's prized, hard-won possession, has been gathering dust in the parlor of Berniece Charles's Pittsburgh home. When Boy Willie, Berniece's exuberant brother, bursts into her life with his dream of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves, he plans to sell their antique piano for the hard cash he needs to stake his future. But Berniece refuses to sell, clinging to the piano as a reminder of the history that is their family legacy. This dilemma is the real "piano lesson," reminding us that blacks are often deprived both of the symbols of their past and of opportunity in the present
Ma Rainey's black bottom : a play in two acts by August Wilson( Book )
27 editions published between 1981 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a 1927 recording session in Chicago, Ma Rainey and her band try to avoid being victimized by the white music industry
Joe Turner's come and gone : a play in two acts by August Wilson( Book )
27 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 2,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Herald Loomis arrives at an African-American Pittsburgh boardinghouse, after seven years' impressed labor on Joe Turner's chain gang, he is a free man--in body
Two trains running by August Wilson( Book )
28 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in English and held by 2,033 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Memphis Lee's diner--and the rest of his block--is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city's renovation project that is sweeping away the buildings of a community, but not its spirit. As they try to fight back, we meet Sterling, the ex-con who embraces the tenets of Malcolm X; Wolf, the bookie who has learned to play by the white man's rules; Risa, a waitress of quiet dignity who has mutilated her legs to distance herself from men; and Holloway, the resident philosopher and fervent believer in the prophecies of a legendary 322-year-old woman down the street, a reminder of their struggle and heritage
Seven guitars by August Wilson( Book )
30 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 1,945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the spring of 1948, in the still-cool evenings of Pittsburgh's Hill district, familiar sounds fill the air. A rooster crows. Screen doors slam. There's the laughter of friends gathered for a backyard card game rising just above the wail of a mother who has lost her son. And there's the sound of the blues, played and sung by young men and women with little more than a guitar in their hands and a dream in their hearts. August Wilson's Seven Guitars is the sixth chapter in the continuing theatrical saga that explores the hope, heartbreak, and heritage of the African-American experience in the twentieth century. The story follows a small group of friends who gather following the untimely death of Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a local blues guitarist on the edge of stardom. Together, they revisit his short life, reminisce about the good times they shared, and discover the unspoken passions and undying spirit that live within each of them
Jitney by August Wilson( Book )
29 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a play that depicts gypsy cab drivers who serve the African American community in Pittsburgh
Three plays by August Wilson( Book )
9 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains three plays about twentieth century African-American lives
King Hedley II by August Wilson( Book )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Set in 1985 in two tenement backyards in Pittsburgh's Hill District, King Hedley II continues playwright August Wilson's monumental cycle of plays chronicling African American life in twentieth century America. An epic tragedy of the common man and the crushing weight of everyday life and our ultimate struggle to regain our sense of community and culture in a crumbling urban society." -- Back cover
August Wilson by August Wilson( Visual )
30 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Playwright August Wilson talks about his roots in the black community, how his plays express the African-American experience, how the African heritage of Black Americans is both expressed and repressed in American society today, and the importance of blues as cultural expression
Radio golf by August Wilson( Book )
13 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"August Wilson liked to say that his plays were "fat with substance." And he was right: his ten-play cycle - Wilson wrote one for every roiling decade of the African-American experience in the twentieth century - transforms historical tragedy into imaginative triumph. The blues are catastrophe expressed lyrically; so are Wilson's plays, which swing with the pulse of the African-American people, as they moved, over the decades, from property to personhood. Together, Wilson's plays form a kind of fever chart of the unmooring trauma of slavery." "August Wilson died on October 2, 2005. "I've lived a blessed life," he said. "I'm ready." Between the diagnosis, in mid-June, and his death, he had enough time to finish the rewrites of Radio Golf and set up the usual gestation period of out-of-town productions before the Broadway opening - a unique system that Wilson, Richards and his producing partner, Ben Mordecai, had set up as a kind of quality control. Wilson also lived long enough to learn that he would be the first African-American to have a Broadway theater named after him. No one else - not even Eugene O'Neill, who set out in the mid-thirties to write a nine-play cycle and managed only two - had aimed so high and achieved so much. Wilson's plays brought blacks and whites together under the same roof to share in the profound mysteries of race and class and the bittersweet awareness of how separate yet indivisible we really are."--BOOK JACKET
The piano lesson by Charles S Dutton( Visual )
6 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The play opens in Pittsburg, 1936. The piano sits in the living room of Doaker Charles and his wife, Bernice. The instrument whose facade is covered with carvings depicting figures from African history, is used by her daughter, Maretha to take the lessons that her mother hopes will lead the girl to a career performing classical music. Bernice's brother, Boy Willie, visits from Mississippi and makes a request. He has the chance to acquire a patch of plantation land back in the south-the same land his ancestors worked as slaves. But to raise the money to buy the land, Boy Willie must convince Bernice to part with the treasured piano."--San Francisco Chronicle, October 6, 1991
Gem of the ocean by August Wilson( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set in 1904 Pittsburgh, it is chronologically the first work in August Wilson's decade-by-decade cycle dramatizing the African American experience during the 20th century-an unprecedented series that includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Fences and The Piano Lesson. Aunt Esther, the drama's 287-year-old fiery matriarch, welcomes into her Hill District home Solly Two Kings, who was born into slavery and scouted for the Union Army, and Citizen Barlow, a young man from Alabama searching for a new life
The ground on which I stand by August Wilson( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Ground on Which I Stand is August Wilson's eloquent and personal call for African American artists to seize the power over their own cultural identity and to establish permanent institutions that celebrate and preserve the singular achievements of African American dramatic art and reaffirm its equal importance in contemporary American culture." "Delivered as the keynote address of Theatre Communication's Group 11th biennial conference in June 1996, this speech refocused the agenda of that conference, and spurred months of debate about cultural diversity in the American theatre, culminating in a standing-room-only public debate at New York City's Town Hall."--Jacket
Rhapsodies in black music and words from the Harlem Renaissance ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The only collection in existence documenting the music, art and literature of the new negro of the Harlem Renaissance featuring digitally restored original recordings as well as new readings of renaissance literature plus a book containing rare previously unpublished photos, artwork and writings."
Gem of the ocean by August Wilson( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
August Wilson Century cycle by August Wilson( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In black and white conversations with African American writers by Barbara Christian( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Interviews with African American writers
A world of ideas ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In wide-ranging conversations, thirteen celebrated literary figures from six nations discuss their work, politics, morals, and the future of American society
Plays in one act by Daniel, ed Halpern( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gathers plays by Edward Albee, Christopher Durang, Vaclav Havel, Garrison Keillor, David Mamet, Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Wendy Wasserstein, and Lanford Wilson
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Alternative Names
Kittel, Frederick August.
Kittel, Frederick August 1945-2005
Knittel, Frederick 1945-2005
ウィルソン, オーガスト
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