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Title:
August Wilson
Author:
Wolfe, Peter, 1933-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Twayne Publishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xv, 169 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805716313
Format :
Book

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Central Library PS3573.I45677 Z96 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

This title studies writer and playwright August Wilson, author of the play "Fences." It discusses Wilson's place in Western drama and explores the influence of sports and jazz on his work.


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Choice Review

Wolfe's volume is one of several on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wilson to come out in the past two years, including Joan Herrington's I Ain't Sorry for Nothin' I Done: August Wilson's Process of Playwriting (CH, Jul'99), Yvonne Shafer's August Wilson: A Research and Production Sourcebook (CH, Jul'98), and Mary Bogumil's Understanding August Wilson (CH, Nov'99). Like Bogumil's, Wolfe's book is an introductory study for undergraduates and informed general readers: it clearly addresses the major issues in the plays. Wolfe (Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis) is particularly adept at contextualizing the plays in the milieux in which they were set and written, especially important to such a historically minded author as Wilson. His discussion of Wilson's use of baseball in Fences, for example, confirms what a careful craftsman the playwright is. Although any collection with interests in US drama and/or African American literature should have this volume, libraries with limited budgets may chose Bogumil's work, which generally provides a richer analysis of Wilson's treatment of African American culture. L. J. Parascandola; Long Island University--Brooklyn Campus


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