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  • Published: 27 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241987834
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $26.99
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Fences & Ma Rainey's Black Bottom



Two stunning, intensely powerful plays about race in 20th century America from the legendary Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright

In Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the great blues diva Ma Rainey is due to arrive at a run-down Chicago recording studio with her entourage to cut new sides of old favourites. Waiting for her are the black musicians in her band, and the white owners of the record company. A tense, searing account of racism in jazz-era America that the New Yorker called 'a genuine work of art'.

Fences centres on Troy Maxson, a garbage collector, an embittered former baseball player and a proud, dominating father. When college athletic recruiters scout his teenage son, Troy struggles against his young son's ambition, his wife, who he understands less and less, and his own frustrated dreams.

  • Published: 27 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241987834
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $26.99
Categories:

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Praise for Fences & Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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

New York Times

The strongest, most passionate American dramatic writing since Tennessee Williams

New York Post

Wilson is a consummate storyteller

Los Angeles Times

A genuine work of art

New Yorker on 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

August Wilson has established himself as the richest theatrical voice to emerge in the U.S. since Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller

Time

A blockbuster piece of theater, a major American play

New York Daily News on 'Fences'

In his work, August Wilson depicted the struggles of black Americans with uncommon lyrical richness, theatrical density and emotional heft, in plays that give vivid voices to people on the frayed margins of life

New York Times

A prolific and successful playwright who confines his themes to African American culture... August Wilson widened the space for African American theatre and controlled it for some twenty-fve years. The level of his achievement is high. This comes powerfully into view when the play is read, an activity for me that is equal to, and in some ways more fruitful than, seeing its stage production.

Toni Morrison

A moving story line and a hero almost Shakespearean in contour

Wall Street Journal on 'Fences'

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