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Fences (1985): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching August Wilson's Fences

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Other Books & Audiovisual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • Wilson, August

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about August Wilson, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about Fences and August Wilson. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped our Country
  • American Diversity, American Identity
  • American Writers, suppl. 8
  • August Wilson's Fences: A Reference Guide
  • Black Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Most Significant Works of Black Authors over the Past 200 Years, vol. 3
  • Contemporary Black Biography, vols. 7, 33, 55
  • Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays
  • The Contemporary Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, vols. 1, 2
  • Contemporary Dramatists
  • Critical Survey of Drama, vol. 8
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, vol. 2
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Places, vol. 1
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors , vol. 5
  • Drama Criticism, vols. 2, 31
  • Drama for Students, vol. 3
  • Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History, vol. 5
  • Encyclopedia of African-American History, 1986 to the Present: From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-First Century, vol. 5
  • Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, vol. 5
  • Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them, vol. 4
  • Masterpieces of African-American Literature
  • Masterplots, vol. 4
  • Masterplots II: African American Literature Series, vol. 1
  • Masterplots II: Drama Series, vol. 2
  • Modern American Drama
  • Modern Black Writers
  • The Oxford Companion to African American Literature
  • A Reader's Guide to Modern American Drama

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