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The Century Cycle

(The Century Cycle #1-10)

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  8 reviews

Series introduction by John Lahr with individual volumes introduced by Laurence Fishburne, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Marion McClinton, Toni Morrison, Suzan-Lori Parks, Phylicia Rashad, Ishmael Reed, and Frank Rich.

“No one except perhaps Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams has aimed so high and achieved so much in the American theater.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker


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Published September 1st 2007 by Theatre Communications Group
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Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A great cycle that I spent a year reading. I wish I read them back to back instead of spreading them out through the year. I also wish I read these in a class. I don't know if it would have been a literature, theater or African American Studies class (probably all three), but it would have been a hell of a class. Now that I have read them all I think of the plays altogether as a loose epic and not an anthology. ...more
Dec 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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These are ten of the best plays you'll ever read. August Wilson has made perhaps the greatest contribution to American theatre in its entire history. His work has O'Neill's scope and dignity, Williams's poetic phrasing, Miller's scenes of intense conflict, and Albee's invocation of ritual while also being completely unique in style from any other playwright. No other playwright can write dialogue that flows this naturally. Even all the long monologues seem appropriate to the conversation rather ...more
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in Pittsburgh, I feel a certain kindred spirit with August Wilson and I was born outside Chicago, his adopted city for playmaking. I have enjoyed his plays over the years with students and plan on reading a play this year - his precision with the human heart is as closely knit, and as carefully planned as a dovetailed joint. He constructs careful human drama. His work is a true testament to a vision constructed with intent --- artistry at its best.
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Astounding cannon of literature from one of America's best playwrights. Radio Golf in particular is one of the finest plays I've ever read.

Shameless plug, but it's also relevant:
Mendel Chernack
May 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Collects his ten play cycle, one taking place in each decade of the 20th century. All of the plays are good, and several are terrific (Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Two Trains Running, Jitney). Both Fences and The Piano Lesson won the Pullitzer. ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have seen every one of August Wilson's ten play Century Cycle a minimum of two times and some like Fences, four times. My children gave me this collection as a birthday present because they knew how much I loved these plays.
I think that Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller were two of the century's greatest but no play writer of the 20th century has written ten plays more lyrical and powerfully written as these were. All are gut wrenching tragedies laced with a beautiful humor only a genius l
Carmie Callobre
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, I know that I am going to give it 5 stars, but I'll wait to give the stars until the end. I have seen 6 of the plays and what a pleasure it is to read them! I just finished Gem of the Ocean which was one of my favorites to see performed, and reading it just adds to the joy of this great body of work.
Done. August Wilson is the greatest 20th century playwright period. Everyone shod see his plays performed, and read them.
Chambers Stevens
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A masterpiece!!
I recommend this to all my African American actors.
Hell I recommend this to everyone!
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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

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  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
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  • Seven Guitars
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