August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

In 2-3 pages write a book review of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. All papers must be typewritten utilizing proper 1-inch margins, double line spacing, and a 12pt font. Papers will not be accepted late and are due at the beginning of class on the assigned date as hardcopies. Papers must be written using formal English and Chicago Manual Style citations. Answer each question fully, offering detailed information to support your position.


Although you will have to briefly describe the book, this is not a summary, rather you should critique the authors work.  Be sure to include a proper citation for the book as well as any specific pages you reference.


Wilson, August. The Piano Lesson (USA: Plume, 1990)


In addition to the questions posed in the assignment, papers will be graded on the following:


A clear thesis statement.

Superb organization, a logical argument.

A clear introduction and conclusion.

Numerous and specific supporting details.

Attention to language, excellent vocabulary.

The absence of typos, misspelled words or grammatical errors.

Proper citation.


Your paper will be graded on spelling, grammar, citations, clarity and organization as well as how well you answer the questions below. Answer each question fully, offering detailed information to support your position:


1.What is the piano lesson; and what does this lesson have to do with ancestors, ghost and the past? (In other words what is the point Wilson is trying to make?)


  1. How does Wilson support his position? How does he attempt to prove their point? What evidence does he use to support their conclusions?


  1. What did you think of the authors’ style? How does the language of The Piano Lessonreflectsdifferent speakers’ education and culture? How did it affect your reading of the play? Was the book readable, enjoyable or not?


  1. Who is the audience?