Most widely held works about August Wilson
Most widely held works by August Wilson
The piano lesson by August Wilson ( Book )
23 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 2,452 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.
Fences : a play by August Wilson ( Book )
16 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and held by 2,334 libraries worldwide
During the 1950's Troy Maxson struggles against racism and tries to preserve his feelings of pride in himself.
Joe Turner's come and gone : a play in two acts by August Wilson ( Book )
9 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,494 libraries worldwide
After seven years on a chain gang, Herald Loomis returns to Pittsburgh in search of his wife.
Ma Rainey's black bottom : a play in two acts by August Wilson ( Book )
10 editions published between 1981 and 1992 in English and held by 1,492 libraries worldwide
In a 1927 recording session in Chicago, Ma Rainey and her band try to avoid being victimized by the white music industry.
Seven guitars by August Wilson ( Book )
23 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,419 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.
Two trains running by August Wilson ( Book )
18 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 1,323 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.
Three plays by August Wilson ( Book )
9 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 1,206 libraries worldwide
Contains three plays about twentieth century African-American lives.
Jitney by August Wilson ( Book )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 994 libraries worldwide
Presents a play that depicts gypsy cab drivers who serve the African American community in Pittsburgh.
Gem of the ocean by August Wilson ( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 851 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.
August Wilson ( Visual )
41 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 847 libraries worldwide
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson returns home to the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1990 to review his life and career. Archival footage and interviews with Wilson, former New York Times theater critic Frank Rich, Rob Penny, fellow writers, and others provide insights into the African American experience, from the Great Black Migration to more recent times. Scenes from his plays "Jitney," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," and "Two Trains Running" reveal the impact of the oral tradition and the blues on Wilson's poetic prose.
Fences by August Wilson ( Book )
18 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 629 libraries worldwide
Connecticut Repertory Theatre production of August Wilson's play, Fences.
King Hedley II by August Wilson ( Book )
10 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 620 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Ma Rainey's black bottom by August Wilson ( Book )
16 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 558 libraries worldwide
Recording session by black blues great Ma Rainey for white-owned studio, setting for exploration of racial relations and conflicts.
Joe Turner's come and gone by August Wilson ( Book )
12 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and held by 491 libraries worldwide
The ground on which I stand by August Wilson ( Book )
11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 463 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."--BOOK JACKET.
Radio golf : 1997 by August Wilson ( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 447 libraries worldwide
Two trains running : 1969 by August Wilson ( Book )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 423 libraries worldwide
King Hedley II : 1985 by August Wilson ( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
The piano lesson ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and Japanese and held by 360 libraries worldwide
August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future. The Charles family clashes over the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries their family's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked as slaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it. For her, the piano is their very soul, a legacy of pride and struggle that symbolizes their survival as a family. To resolve the conflict they must first deal with the past.
Radio golf by August Wilson ( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 356 libraries worldwide
The last play in Wilson's ten play cycle that covers the African American experience in the United States during the 20th century.
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Kittel, Frederick August
Kittel, Frederick August 1945-2005
Knittel, Frederick 1945-2005
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