Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20040218, 20030528, 20030205
August Wilson best captured African-American life in the 20th century in plays such as Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Fences, and The Piano Lesson. In this interview Wilson, a two time Pulitzer Prize winner, talks about starting out as a playwright and how he creates such memorable characters who strike a chord with so many in his audience.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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