Additional Resources for Joe Turner's Come and Gone by August Wilson

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Aptheker, Herbert, ed., A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United State 1910-1932, 1973, reprint, Carol Publishing Group, 1993.

Aptheker's renowned historical study of African-American history relies on original documents—including essays, reports, speeches, letters, and news articles—from people who lived during this time period. Collectively, the book offers a good picture of what life was like for African Americans from 1910 to 1932. Among the many topics covered is peonage.

Earle, Jonathan, The Routledge Atlas of African-American History, Routledge, 2000.

This book chronicles the four centuries of African American history and culture in the United States, from the arrival of the first African slaves in the early 1600s to the present day. The book contains short essays on everything from politics to sports, and each topic is depicted with photographs, charts, graphs, maps, and other illustrations. The book also features a chronology of African history from 3200 B.C.E. through the late 1990s.

Elkins, Marilyn, August Wilson: A Casebook, Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000.

Originally published in 1994, this revised collection of essays explores several aspects of Wilson's life and career, including the playwright's creative process, his famous collaboration with theater director Lloyd Richards, and the various contexts of Wilson's plays. The book also includes a 1993 interview with the playwright.

Handy, W. C., Father of the Blues: An Autobiography, Da Capo Press, 1991.

Through songs like "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," W. C. Handy chronicled the African-American experience through his blues music. In this autobiography, Handy explores the roots of jazz and blues and discusses the background of some of his most famous songs.

Herrington, Joan, "I Ain't Sorry for Nothin' I Done": August Wilson's Process of Playwrighting, Limelight Editions, 1998.

In this book, Herrington discusses the development of three of Wilson's plays, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Fences, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Through her analysis, Herrington explores the various experiences in Wilson's life that influenced his drama.

Schwartzman, Myron, Romare Bearden: His Life and Art, Harry N. Abrams, 1990.

Although Wilson and Bearden came from distinctly different backgrounds, they captured the African-American experience in similar ways. Bearden captured it with art, and Wilson through plays—which were sometimes inspired by Bearden's art. This book offers a look at Bearden's life, and features both black-and-white and color reproductions of many of Bearden's works. It also includes several interviews with Bearden. 

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