August Wilson was a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was voted best play of 1987-1988 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. He died in 2005.
"The strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since
Tennessee Williams."-The New York Post
"Fences leaves no doubt that Mr. Wilson is a major writer, combining a poet's ear for vernacular with a robust sense of humor, a sure sense for crackling dramatic incident, and a passionate commitment to a great subject."-The New York Times
"A blockbuster piece of theater, a major American play."-New York Daily News
"An eloquent play... a comedy-drama that is well-nigh flawless."-New York Magazine
"A moving story line and a hero almost Shakespearian in contour."-The Wall Street Journal
"A work of tremendous impact that summons up gratitude for the beauty of its language, the truth of its character, the power of its portrayals."-Chicago Tribune