New York: Plume (Dutton). Octavos (21.5 cm.) Original Dust Jackets and Boards. Varying amounts of edgewear to titles, most extreme in "Fences" with three titles in fine condition. Ownership stamps to three titles on front free endpaper. Plume Book Club Editions of "Joe Turner" and "Fences" with remaining titles Dutton imprints. All Book Club editions, thus. Set Very Good, overall. Item #23
Playwright, August Wilson's "Century Cycle", spans 100 years of the African-American Experience over ten plays. Wilson's characters struggle between their personal aspirations and their historical legacy in America. What is more important? The sale of an inherited piano or a financial future? Is the past more important as a legacy or should Black Americans look to the future for hope? Is the psychological toll of slavery and racism inherited or is it an excuse for potential unfulfilled? These questions make Wilson's plays powerful and unmistakably American. In this set, 5 of the 10 books in the "Century Cycle" or "Pittsburgh Cycle" are represented. August Wilson's plays were first available in softcover, making these Book Club Editions of his plays the true first editions of his work in hardcover.