Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone : A Play in Two Acts

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After seven years on a chain gang, Herald Loomis returns to Pittsburgh in search of his wife
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Product details

  • Hardback | 94 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 6mm | 113g
  • Signet
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0452260094
  • 9780452260092
  • 456,818

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"As rich in religious feeling as in historical detail, Joe Turner is at once a teeming canvas of black America and a spiritual allegory with a Melville whammy . . . Joe Turner is flecked with hypnotic storytelling soliloquies as grittily redolent of itinerant America as those in The Iceman Cometh."--Frank Rich, The New York Times"Has the haunting power of a ghost story . . . bold theatricality . . . electrifying."--The Washington Post

"August Wilson's best play!"--William A. Henry III, Time magazine

"Joe Turner's Come and Gone is one of the best American plays of the decade . . . he takes us through joy and disaster, hatred and love; he pulls few punches and in the end he has contributed not only to the stature of American playwrighting but to our understanding of our society. A rich, rewarding play, that rare work what entertains while it teaches."--The Providence Journal
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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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4 37% (746)
3 22% (456)
2 6% (130)
1 1% (24)
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