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  • A prolific and successful playwright who confines his themes to African American culture... August Wilson widened the space for African American theatre and controlled it for some twenty-fve years. The level of his achievement is high. This comes powerfully into view when the play is read, an activity for me that is equal to, and in some ways more fruitful than, seeing its stage production.

    Toni Morrison
  • August Wilson has established himself as the richest theatrical voice to emerge in the U.S. since Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller

  • 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

    New York Times
  • The strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams

    New York Post
  • Wilson is a consummate storyteller

    Los Angeles Times
  • A genuine work of art

    New Yorker on 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'
  • A blockbuster piece of theater, a major American play

    New York Daily News on 'Fences'
  • A moving story line and a hero almost Shakespearean in contour

    Wall Street Journal on 'Fences'
  • In his work, August Wilson depicted the struggles of black Americans with uncommon lyrical richness, theatrical density and emotional heft, in plays that give vivid voices to people on the frayed margins of life

    New York Times

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