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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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August Wilson

August Wilson

1945–2005

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(p.465) August Wilson
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Writing Appalachia
Author(s):
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.003.0067

Internationally acclaimed playwright August Wilson was born Frederick August Kittel on “The Hill” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Son of a German baker and an African American domestic worker, Wilson learned to read at the age of four. After his mother’s divorce and remarriage, his stepfather moved the family to a mostly white suburb where they were subjected to hate crimes. Wilson dropped out of school in tenth grade after being falsely accused of plagiarism, choosing instead to spend each day educating himself in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-funded public libraries. Unable to find work, he joined the army in 1963 and successfully sought a discharge one year later....

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