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US Playwright August Wilson Dies

U.S. playwright August Wilson, whose epic 10-play cycle chronicled the black experience in 20th-century America, has died in Seattle, Washington.

One of the most acclaimed playwrights in modern theater, Mr. Wilson announced several weeks ago that he had inoperable liver cancer. He was 60 years old.

His plays poetically depict the effects of slavery on black Americans in every decade of the 20th century. They include The Piano Lesson and Jitney.

The plays were set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Mr. Wilson grew up.

Mr. Wilson was a Tony award winner. He also won two Pulitzers and a record seven New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.

New York City's Virginia Theater has been renamed in honor of Mr. Wilson.

Some information for this report provided by AP.