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2005-10-03 08:38:20

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, whose cycle of plays chronicling 20th-century African-American life brought a new frankness to the way theater dealt with race, died of liver cancer on Sunday in Seattle, a hospital spokesman said. He was 60. Wilson disclosed his illness in August when a spokeswoman said he may have only months to live. He spent part of the last months of his life working on "Radio Golf," the 10th and final play in what has become...

2005-10-02 20:02:33

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning black playwright August Wilson, whose cycle of plays chronicling 20th-century African-American life brought a new frankness to the way theater dealt with race, died of liver cancer on Sunday in Seattle, a hospital spokesman said. He was 60. Wilson disclosed his illness in August when a spokeswoman said he may have only months to live. He spent part of the last months of his life working on "Radio Golf," the 10th and final play in what has...

2005-08-26 12:39:51

SEATTLE (Reuters) - August Wilson, an award-winning playwright who focuses on the lives of African-Americans, has liver cancer and may have only months to live, a spokeswoman for Wilson said on Friday. His condition was diagnosed in June and his prognosis was serious, said the spokeswoman, who declined to be named. "It's not like poker, you can't throw your hand in," Wilson, 60 told his hometown newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which broke the story of his illness. "I've lived...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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