'The Cambridge Companion to August Wilson allows readers not only the benefit of an up-close-and-personal education about one of America's greatest playwrights, but the collection affords much needed aesthetic distance to enable them to appreciate the scope and the ultimate value of his oeuvre.' Review of English Studies
The Cambridge Companion to August Wilsonby Christopher Bigsby
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One of America's most powerful and original dramatists, August Wilson offered an alternative history of the twentieth century, as seen from the perspective of black Americans. He celebrated the lives of those seemingly pushed to the margins of national life, but who were simultaneously protagonists of their own drama and evidence of a vital and compelling community. Decade by decade, he told the story of a people with a distinctive history who forged their own future, aware of their roots in another time and place, but doing something more than just survive. Wilson deliberately addressed black America, but in doing so discovered an international audience. Alongside chapters addressing Wilson's life and career, and the wider context of his plays, this 2007 Companion dedicates individual chapters to each play in his ten-play cycle, which are ordered chronologically, demonstrating Wilson's notion of an unfolding history of the twentieth century.
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Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
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