August Wilson: A Research and Production Sourcebook (Modern Dramatists Research and Production Sourcebooks) Yvonne Shafer

ISBN: 9780313292705

Published: January 26th 1998

Hardcover

160 pages


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August Wilson: A Research and Production Sourcebook (Modern Dramatists Research and Production Sourcebooks)  by  Yvonne Shafer

August Wilson: A Research and Production Sourcebook (Modern Dramatists Research and Production Sourcebooks) by Yvonne Shafer
January 26th 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 160 pages | ISBN: 9780313292705 | 7.32 Mb

When Ma Raineys Black Bottom opened in 1984, August Wilson was unknown in theatre. By 1988 he was described as the foremost dramatist of the American black experience and was the most acclaimed playwright of his time by 1990. He is one of onlyMoreWhen Ma Raineys Black Bottom opened in 1984, August Wilson was unknown in theatre.

By 1988 he was described as the foremost dramatist of the American black experience and was the most acclaimed playwright of his time by 1990. He is one of only seven American playwrights to win two Pulitzer prizes and one of only three black playwrights to receive that award. Remarkably, Wilson has been able to explore and communicate the American black experience, while also achieving a universality that attracts the white audiences needed for commercial success. Based on extensive research that includes two interviews with Wilson, this reference book is a comprehensive guide to Wilsons life and career.The volume begins with a chronology outlining the principle events in Wilsons rise from the racism he experienced as a youth in Pittsburgh to his triumphs on the New York stage.

A brief biography illuminates his approach to writing plays, his outlook on life and the theatre, and the way his experiences have shaped his art. The volume then provides plot synopses for each of Wilsons plays, an overview of their critical reception, production histories, and extensive annotated bibliographic information.

Thus the book provides a detailed record of the development of interest in Wilsons work from the critical acclaim of his early plays to his recent controversial debate with Robert Brustein.



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