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August Wilson

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August Wilson


Born
in Pittsburgh, PA, The United States
April 27, 1945

Died
October 02, 2005

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August Wilson was an American playwright. His literary legacy is the ten play series, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comic and tragic aspects of the African-American experience in the twentieth century.

Wilson was born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fourth of six children to German immigrant baker, Frederick August Kittel, Sr. and Daisy Wilson, an African American cleaning woman, from North Carolina. Earlier, Wilson's maternal grandmother walked from North Carolina to Pennsylvania in search of a better life. His mother raised the children alone by the time he was five in a two-room apartment above a
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Average rating: 3.9 · 43,616 ratings · 2,948 reviews · 30 distinct worksSimilar authors
Fences (The Century Cycle, #6)

3.88 avg rating — 23,289 ratings — published 1986 — 21 editions
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The Piano Lesson

3.79 avg rating — 8,472 ratings — published 1990 — 11 editions
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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

3.98 avg rating — 3,122 ratings — published 1984 — 9 editions
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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

3.96 avg rating — 2,667 ratings — published 1988 — 9 editions
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Gem of the Ocean

4.12 avg rating — 1,423 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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Seven Guitars

3.84 avg rating — 1,075 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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Two Trains Running

4.05 avg rating — 975 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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Jitney

4.08 avg rating — 887 ratings — published 2001 — 10 editions
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Radio Golf

3.95 avg rating — 677 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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King Hedley II

3.95 avg rating — 574 ratings — published 2005 — 4 editions
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Gem of the Ocean Joe Turner's Come and Gone Ma Rainey's Black Bottom The Piano Lesson Seven Guitars Fences Two Trains Running
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Quotes by August Wilson  (?)
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“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”
August Wilson

“I been with strangers all day and they treated me like family. I come in here to family and you treat me like a stranger.”
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson

“You got to be right with yourself before you can be right with anybody else.”
August Wilson

Polls

April 2018 Short Story Poll

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 82 pages, 1848
 
  53 votes, 14.8%

 
  45 votes, 12.5%

The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell, 52 pages, 1861
 
  39 votes, 10.9%

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages, 1953
 
  35 votes, 9.7%

 
  33 votes, 9.2%

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig, 104 pages, 1941
 
  31 votes, 8.6%

 
  29 votes, 8.1%

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, 48 pages, 1729
 
  25 votes, 7.0%

Fences by August Wilson, 101 pages, 1986
 
  20 votes, 5.6%

A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert, 72 pages, 1877
 
  16 votes, 4.5%

 
  16 votes, 4.5%

 
  12 votes, 3.3%

Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth, 87 pages, 1800
 
  5 votes, 1.4%

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