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Full name : August Wilson
Alias : August Wilson
Gender : Men
Country : American
Birthday : 27-04-1945
Address : Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Animals : The Rooster
Zodiac : Taurus
Died : 02-10-2005
Father : Frederick August Kittel, Sr.
Mother : Daisy Wilson
Siblings : Freda Ellis, Linda Jean Kittel, Donna Conley, Barbara Jean Wilson, Edwin Kittel, Richard Kittel
Wife : Constanza Romero (m.1994-2005), Judy Oliver (m.1981-1990), Brenda Burton (m.1969-1972)
Children : Sakina Ansari, Azula Carmen Wilson
Education : Central Catholic High School Connelley Vocational High School Gladstone High School
Position :
Activists : Writers

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning, critically acclaimed African-American playwright, August Wilson was one of the leading writers of the twentieth century, who highlighted the struggles of African-American community. A victim of racial discrimination himself, Wilson was terrified in his childhood as he experienced traumatic episodes of racism in school. Not only was he expelled from school for being the only African-American, he was threatened and abused to the point of being physically attacked as well. It were these experiences that left a deep impact on young Wilson, so much so that he started expressing his feelings through his writings. One of the first African-American men to enjoy success on Broadway, Wilson has played a crucial role in shaping the African-American movement and highlighting their sorrowful plight to people across the world. Some of his well-known plays include, ‘Jitney’, ‘Ma Rainey's Black Bottom’, ‘The Piano Lesson’, ‘Fences’, all of which are part of his acclaimed ten-play collection titled, ‘The Pittsburgh Cycle’. With such an extravagant history of writing, it is easy to conclude that August Wilson was undoubtedly one of the most influential writers of theatre in America.

 

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