A Soldier's Play

Charles Fuller

Hill and Wang

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A black sergeant cries out in the night, "They still hate you," then is shot twice and falls dead. Set in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana, Charles Fuller's forceful drama--which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and has been regularly seen in both its original stage and its later screen version--tracks the investigation of this murder. A Soldier's Play is more than a detective story: it is a tough, incisive exploration of racial tensions and ambiguities among blacks and between blacks and whites that gives no easy answers and assigns no simple blame.

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"A powerful drama...skillfully wrought...one of the most evenhanded, penetrating studies that we have yet seen."--Edwin Wilson, The Wall Street Journal

"A relentless investigation into the complex, sometimes cryptic pathology of hate...A mature and accomplished work--from its inspired opening up of conventional theatrical form to its skillful portraiture of a dozen characters to its remarkable breadth of social and historical vision...Mr. Fuller's play tirelessly insists on embracing volatile contradictions because that is the way to arrive at the shattering truth."--Frank Rich, The New York Times

"A complex and rewarding play [by] a playwright of great sensibility."--Clive Barnes, New York Post

"A work of great resonance and integrity..."--Jack Kroll, Newsweek

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Charles Fuller

Charles Fuller, the author of many award-winning dramas for stage and screen, teaches Afro-American studies at Temple University. He won the Pulitzer Prize for A Soldier's Play, as well as an Academy Award nomination for his screen adaptation, A Soldier's Story, starring Denzel Washington.

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A Soldier's Play
Charles Fuller

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
September 1982
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374521486
ISBN10: 0374521484
5 5/16 x 8 inches, 112 pages
$14.00
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