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From legendary playwright August Wilson comes the powerful, stunning dramatic bestseller that won him critical acclaim, including the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize.

Troy Maxson is a strong man, a hard man. He has had to be to survive. Troy Maxson has gone through life in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But 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. This is a modern classic, a book that deals with the impossibly difficult themes of race in America, set during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.

Now an Academy Award-winning film directed by and starring Denzel Washington , along with Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Viola Davis.
Publisher: New York, New York : Plume, [2016]
Edition: First Plume edition
Copyright Date: ©1986
ISBN: 9780735216686
Branch Call Number: 812.54 W6916F 2016
Characteristics: xviii, 101 pages ; 21 cm


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Wilson, who was a Seattle playwright, explores how racial discrimination complicates family dynamics in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play (now also a film), one of ten plays in The Pittsburgh Cycle.

Local playwright August Wilson examined many aspects of African American life in his work. As Hansberry did in A RAISIN IN THE SUN, Wilson deftly explores how racial discrimination complicates family dynamics in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. A forthcoming film starring Denzel Washington and ... Read More »

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Jul 20, 2017

You know a book is good when you feel compelled to re-read it. That's what happened to me with this book. I read it a long time ago in a college drama class, and I liked it so much that I felt like reading it over again recently. It's a quick read with beautiful, poetic language. The characters are believable, and the play makes some good points about family relationships and generation gaps.

Jan 28, 2017

"OMG"!!! Just saw the Denzel Washington version of FENCES, and the movie truly touched my soul! Now, I am looking forward to reading the book. Got to have more! Denzel and Viola Davis, SIMPLY GENIUS!!!

voisjoe1 Feb 14, 2014

Several years ago, I saw the TV Teleplay “The Piano Lesson,” based on the play of that name by the great African-American playwright August Wilson. That play included a great depiction of African-American life in the 1990’s. This led me to read “Fences,” another play by Wilson, this time depicting life in the 1950’s. The characters in all his plays are three-dimensional with all shades of good and bad and wise and silly. I had no idea that both plays won a Pulitzer Prize, nor that “The Piano Lesson” was nominated both by the Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys. If you want something other than the silly Hollywood/TV cardboard characterizations of African-American life so prevalent on TV or the theatres, read this book or any other book you can find by August Wilson.

MeeisLee Aug 12, 2012

Another great play. This play is even more interesting when you have an understanding of 1950s America, national league baseball, and Pittsburgh that way you understand all the references made.

Troy Maxson is a layered character who's fall from glory continues throughout the play and his inability to let go of the past that inevitably strains all of his relationships.


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