Patti Hartigan

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August Wilson: A Life (2023) 39 kappaletta

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A great first biography of an important playwright. Despite some flaws, it remains a very informative read. The author did lots of research, and it shows in the writing. A real plus was showing the importance of regional theater in the rise in prominence of August Wilson. The author also was able to show a keen insight into the financial aspects of producing plays and how the impacted the life of Wilson. A remarkable book, and I have a new understanding of Wilson and his work.
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bennett9999 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 15, 2024 |
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Over the years, I have read books about August Wilson growing in Pittsburg and being a dropout and struggling poet and playwriter. This book gives great details about his struggles to complete his plays. She goes into great detail, about how August was shaken with the death of his friend Penny and deeply hurt when not asked to speak at the funeral.
Must read for August Wilson's fans.
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4Tonya | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 4, 2024 |
The cover photo on this heartfelt and heart-rending biography provides a window into the soul of this driven playwright/blues man: the penetrating eyes, the half smile, the mastery of life’s trials. Wilson is known for his Century Cycle plays reflecting Black lives in America, 1900 - 1990s; his Pulitzers and Tony awards; the NYC theater named for him, but this book explores his childhood and coming of age in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, his early twenties activism, and then, his invitation to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center with his play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, in 1985. Each of the ten plays is discussed in depth - the drafts, casting, and especially his formative relationship with director Lloyd Richards. The role of women in his plays and off stage is muted, with the exception of his devotion to his mother. There is not one play out of the ten where a woman is the lead, which makes his work seem a bit dated since the debut of the final play, Radio Golf, in 2007. But there’s no mistaking the importance of his achievement in theatre and his influence on American cultural life. The Lloyd Richards process of opening the plays in regional theatres before Broadway strengthened those unsung institutions immeasurably. The most illuminating sections explain the world of expectations Wilson set out for himself, with his commitment to writing ten plays and to revealing Black lives as the decades advance, with many changes but little meaningful progress. The author’s appreciation for this charming genius provides a most worthy and immortal pedestal.

Quotes: “White people have set themselves up as the custodians of our experience.”

”Kreisler had a chilly relationship with his father, who did not seem to know the phone number to his emotions.”
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froxgirl | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 6, 2023 |
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This a long, dense biography that - fortunately for the reader - goes deeply into Wilson’s creative process: how he developed his ideas, how he struggled to organize them, how he wrote and rewrote and rewrote. As much as it a biography of Wilson’s life, so much it is also a biography of a Wilson’s art.
Hartigan’s writing is clear and graceful. It is a pleasure to see how she so deftly uses the language.
I recommend this book without reservation.

Note: I read the e-book, a LibraryThing reviewer freebie.… (lisätietoja)
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garym1031 | 4 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 10, 2023 |



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