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Conversations with August Wilson : Literary Conversations - Jackson R. Bryer

Conversations with August Wilson

Literary Conversations

By: Jackson R. Bryer (Editor), Mary C. Hartig (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th March 2012
ISBN: 9781578068319
Number Of Pages: 260

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"What I want to do is place the culture of Black America on stage, to demonstrate that it has the ability to offer sustenance." In little more than twenty years, playwright August Wilson (1945-2005) completed a ten-play cycle depicting African American life in the twentieth century, with each play taking place in a different decade. Two of the plays-Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990)-were awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and seven of them received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best American play. Wilson was indisputably the most significant American playwright to emerge since Edward Albee. Conversations with August Wilson collects a selection of the many interviews Wilson gave from 1984 to 2004. In the interviews, the playwright covers at length and in detail his plays and his background. He comments as well on such subjects as the differences between African Americans and whites, his call for more black theater companies, and his belief that African Americans made a mistake in assimilating themselves into the white mainstream. He also talks about his major influences, what he calls his "four B's"-the blues, writers James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka, and painter Romare Bearden. Wilson also discusses his writing process and his multiple collaborations with director Lloyd Richards. Throughout, Wilson is candid, expansive, and provocative, displaying in these exchanges his willingness to confront controversial topics just as he did in his plays. Jackson R. Bryer is professor emeritus of English at the University of Maryland. Mary C. Hartig teaches English at Montgomery College and is the coeditor, with Jackson R. Bryer, of Facts on File Companion to American Drama.

An interview with August Wilsonp. 3
August Wilson's bottomless blacknessp. 12
August Wilsonp. 19
Cool August : Mr. Wilson's red-hot bluesp. 38
August Wilson : playwrightp. 61
Hurdling fencesp. 81
Black aesthetic : a conversation with playwright August Wilsonp. 90
August Wilson : an interviewp. 101
August Wilson explains his dramatic vision : an interviewp. 118
The historical perspective : an interview with August Wilsonp. 155
Men, women, and culture : a conversation with August Wilsonp. 172
August Wilson : bard of the bluesp. 188
An interview with August Wilsonp. 204
August Wilson on playwriting : an interviewp. 223
Interview with August Wilsonp. 235
A conversation with August Wilsonp. 241
A 10-play odyssey continues with Gem of the oceanp. 253
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ISBN: 9781578068319
ISBN-10: 1578068312
Series: Literary Conversations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 30th March 2012
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 16.05  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.42