Monday, November 29, 2004

August Wilson

I found a fairly comprehensive biography of August Wilson at This website describes his childhood as one of six children in a poor, working-class family in Pittsburg through his days as a playwright. August Wilson is mainly self-educated after he dropped out of school at the age of 16, disgusted by racist treatment. Wilson's plays reflect the poverty he endured as a child, his vague sense of the degredation his poor parents experienced before his time, the racist treatment he endured as a young man, and the ethnic culture of the people he was surrounded by throughout his life. August Wilson has recieved many awards and distinctions for his writings. He currently lives and writes in New York City.


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