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August Wilson (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) was an American playwright whose work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.
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Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. August Wilson
All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other. August Wilson
I write the black experience in America, and contained within that experience, because it is a human experience, are all the universalities. August Wilson
I write for myself, and my goal is bringing that world and that experience of black Americans to life on the stage and giving it a space there. August Wilson
All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics. August Wilson
I try to explore, in terms of the life I know best, those things which are common to all cultures. August Wilson
Like most people, I have this sort of love-hate relationship with Pittsburgh. This is my home, and at times I miss it and find it tremendously exciting, and other times I want to catch the first thing out that has wheels. August Wilson
The exact day I became a poet was April 1, 1965, the day I bought my first typewriter. August Wilson
I think all in all, one thing a lot of plays seem to be saying is that we need to, as black Americans, to make a connection with our past in order to determine the kind of future we’re going to have. In other words, we simply need to know who we are in relation to our historical presence in America. August Wilson
Blues is the bedrock of everything I do. All the characters in my plays, their ideas and attitudes, the stance they adopt in the world, are all ideas and attitudes that are expressed in the blues. August Wilson
We were what you would call a poor family, but we were rich in so many things. We did family things together. We always had dessert, even if it was just Jell-O. So, I never knew I was poor. August Wilson
A novelist writes a novel, and people read it. But reading is a solitary act. While it may elicit a varied and personal response, the communal nature of the audience is like having five hundred people read your novel and respond to it at the same time. I find that thrilling. August Wilson
I just write stuff down and pile it up, and when I get enough stuff, I spread it out and look at it and figure out how to use it. August Wilson
Once I started to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I just let them start talking. August Wilson
I’m a De Niro fan. I went eleven years without seeing a movie; the last one before that, February 1980, was De Niro and Scorsese in ‘Raging Bull,’ and when I went back, it was ‘Cape Fear,’ with De Niro and Scorsese. I picked up right where I left off at. August Wilson
I haven’t read Ibsen, Shaw, Shakespeare – except ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in ninth grade. I’m not familiar with ‘Death of a Salesman.’ I haven’t read Tennessee Williams. August Wilson
I dropped out of school, but I didn’t drop out of life. I would leave the house each morning and go to the main branch of the Carnegie Library in Oakland where they had all the books in the world… I felt suddenly liberated from the constraints of a pre-arranged curriculum that labored through one book in eight months. August Wilson
My hero when I was 14 was Sonny Liston. No matter what kinds of problems you were having with your parents or at school, whatever, Sonny Liston would go and knock guys out, and that made it all right. August Wilson
I don’t look at our society today too much. My focus is still in the past, and part of the reason is because what I do – the wellspring of art, or what I do – l get from the blues. So I listen to the music of a particular period that I’m working on, and I think inside the music is clues to what is happening with the people. August Wilson
I had always been fascinated with Napoleon because he was a self-made emperor; Victor Hugo said, ‘Napoleon’s will to power,’ and it was the title of my paper. And I submitted it to my teacher, and he didn’t think I had written it. And he wanted me to explain it to him. August Wilson
From Borges, those wonderful gaucho stories from which I learned that you can be specific as to a time and place and culture and still have the work resonate with the universal themes of love, honor, duty, betrayal, etc. From Amiri Baraka, I learned that all art is political, although I don’t write political plays. August Wilson
I dropped out of school when I was 15 years old. I dropped out because I guess I wasn’t getting anything out of my investment in the school. August Wilson
If you want to participate in life, you have to deny your identity. August Wilson
I think of dying every day… At a certain age, you should be prepared to go at any time. August Wilson
Blacks in America want to forget about slavery – the stigma, the shame. If you can’t be who you are, who can you be? How can you know what to do? We have our history. We have our book, and that is the blues. August Wilson
Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience. August Wilson
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