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Fences

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The author of the 1984-85 Broadway season's best play, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, returns with another powerful, stunning dramatic work that has won him new critical acclaim and the Pulitzer Prize. The protagonist of FENCES, Troy Maxson, is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be - to survive. For Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black was to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But now the 1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s... a spirit that is changing the world Troy Maxson has learned to deal with the only way he can...a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 101 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 10.16mm | 136.08g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0452264014
  • 9780452264014
  • 103,864

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"The strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams."--The New York Post "Fences leaves no doubt that Mr. Wilson is a major writer, combining a poet's ear for vernacular with a robust sense of humor, a sure sense for crackling dramatic incident, and a passionate commitment to a great subject."--The New York Times

"A blockbuster piece of theater, a major American play."--New York Daily News "An eloquent play... a comedy-drama that is well-nigh flawless."--New York Magazine

"A moving story line and a hero almost Shakespearian in contour."--The Wall Street Journal "A work of tremendous impact that summons up gratitude for the beauty of its language, the truth of its character, the power of its portrayals."--Chicago Tribune
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About August Wilson

August Wilson was a major American playwright whose work has been consistently acclaimed as among the finest of the American theater. His first play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best new play of 1984-85. His second play, Fences, won numerous awards for best play of the year, 1987, including the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Joe Turner's Come and Gone, his third play, was voted best play of 1987-1988 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. In 1990, Wilson was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for The Piano Lesson. He died in 2005.
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14,933 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 30% (4,522)
4 36% (5,434)
3 24% (3,651)
2 7% (1,032)
1 2% (294)
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