Literary Birthday - 27 April - August Wilson


August Wilson was born 27 April 1945, and died 2 October 2005

Five Quotes

  1. 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.
  2. Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience.
  3. Have a belief in yourself that is bigger than anyone’s disbelief.
  4. When I first started writing plays I couldn’t write good dialogue because I didn’t respect how black people talked. I thought that in order to make art out of their dialogue I had to change it, make it into something different. Once I learned to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I let them start talking.
  5. All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics.
  6. 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.

Wilson 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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