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Wilson, August

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Most widely held works by August Wilson
The piano lesson by August Wilson( Book )

55 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 3,542 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
Fences : a play by August Wilson( Book )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1950's Troy Maxson struggles against racism and tries to preserve his feelings of pride in himself
Fences by Denzel Washington( Visual )

54 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 2,837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1950s Pittsburgh, a Black garbage collector named Troy Maxson--bitter that baseball's color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues--is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones
Ma Rainey's black bottom : a play in two acts by August Wilson( Book )

40 editions published between 1981 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 2,531 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 )

42 editions published between 1986 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 2,398 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
Seven guitars by August Wilson( Book )

42 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,138 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
Two trains running by August Wilson( Book )

40 editions published between 1990 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,698 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
Jitney by August Wilson( Book )

37 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss's son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last."
Fences by August Wilson( Book )

39 editions published between 1985 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This drama takes you into the world of Troy Maxson, former baseball player with the Negro leagues. Troy is now a garbage man who feels his life has been hemmed in by others, but as the story unfolds he is forced to confront his role in the building of his life's fences
Three plays by August Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains three plays about twentieth century African-American lives
King Hedley II by August Wilson( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and Swedish and held by 1,186 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
Gem of the ocean by August Wilson( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,161 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
Radio golf by August Wilson( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and Swedish and held by 1,015 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."--Jacket
Moving parts : monologues from contemporary plays by Nina Shengold( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 125 monologues by Mamet, Shepard, August Wilson, and others
The piano lesson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member 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
Two trains running : 1969 by August Wilson( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paints a portrait of the African-American experience in the changing decade of the 1960s through the lives of restaurant owner Memphis Lee and the people who live in his Pittsburgh block, which is scheduled for demolition
The ground on which I stand by August Wilson( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and held by 509 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
August Wilson : a conversation with August Wilson( Visual )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 422 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
Rhapsodies in black : music and words from the Harlem Renaissance( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 351 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."
August Wilson : the ground on which I stand( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the life and legacy of August Wilson, the playwright some call America's Shakespeare, who chronicled the twentieth-century black experience. Features James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Viola Davis, new dramatic readings, and rare footage
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