August Wilson biography
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 27, 1945, August Wilson grew up in Pittsburgh's Hill District. After leaving school at 15, Wilson joined the black aesthetic movement of the 1960s and became co-founder of the Black Horizons Theater. Two titles in his 10-play series, The Pittsburgh Cycle, won Pulitzer Prizes: Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1990). Wilson's plays explore African-American life throughout the 20th century.