The Life and Works of August Wilson Analytical Essay by scribbler

The Life and Works of August Wilson
A look at the life and work of African-American writer August Wilson.
# 151978 | 810 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper describes the life and career of noted African-American writer August Wilson, with particular focus on his play entitled "Fences." First, the paper highlights the situation for African-Americans prior to the civil rights era. Then, it specifically tells of Wilson's life, his family and education. It also tells of racism experienced by Wilson in school and its impact on his education. Next, the paper explores the plot and themes in his play "Fences." The paper concludes with an analysis of some of the symbols and metaphors from this play.


August Wilson - Early Life and Influences

From the Paper:

"Wilson was one of six siblings born to a black mother and a German immigrant. His mother worked as a cleaning woman whose family was originally from North Carolina; her mother had walked all the way from North Carolina to settle in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where August Wilson was born. His mother and biological father separated in his early childhood and she raised August and his five siblings alone in a two-room apartment in an impoverished predominantly black Pittsburgh neighborhood. After she remarried a decade later, the family moved to a much better (i.e. middle-class, white) neighborhood where they suffered persecution and intimidation that forced them to relocate again shortly thereafter.
"Wilson experienced similar abuse and persecution at the Central Catholic High School, where he was the sole black student in 1959. Subsequently, he transferred to the Connelley Vocational High School but transferred again to Gladstone High School because of the unchallenging curriculum at Connelley. Wilson was accused of plagiarizing an essay that he wrote about Napoleon Bonaparte. He refused to return to school unless his teacher and the school administration apologized and dropped out of school at the age of 16 when none was forthcoming."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh in Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Shannon, Sandra Garrett. (1995). The Dramatic Vision of August Wilson. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press.
  • Steele, Bruce. "Remembering August Wilson" The Pitt Chronicle (October 10, 2005). Retrieved March 5, 2010 from:

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