Hardcover: 171 pages
Publisher: David and Me Publishing (June 2010)
After 40-years of work in film and theater acclaimed screenwriter and playwright Charles Fuller launches his first novel, SNATCH: The Adventures of David and Me in Old New York. Well-known for A Soldier’s Play which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1982) and his Academy Award nominated film, A Soldier’s Story, (1985) which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and a nomination for Best Screenplay for Mr. Fuller. This new exciting young readers novel debuts on June 2, 2010.
SNATCH fulfills a promise Mr. Fuller made to his now middle-aged sons
Charles III and David Ira Fuller nearly a half century ago, that he would
create a story in which the two of them would be the heroes in a historical
adventure during the turbulent times in New York before slavery was
Set in “Five Points” a notorious neighborhood in New York City in 1838, Snatch is a tale about two brothers, David and Charles, “free” black kids, who while fishing in the Hudson River on a day in September meet and help a fugitive slave, Freddie Johnson elude a gang of slave catchers led by a mysterious man called “Snatch.” Over thirty-six hours, the two brothers engineer a wild chase and escape through the streets and tunnels of Old New York helped by the “Brewery Witches,” a trio of girls from the neighborhood.
Mr. Fuller’s rich, multi-layered young adult adventure novel provides a glimpse into the little known history of life for free blacks in antebellum New York during the 1830s. Both historically authentic and entertaining, “Snatch” is a must read for book lovers of all ages.
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Paperback: 100 pages
Publisher: Hill and Wang (September 1, 1982)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
Drama in two acts by Charles Fuller, produced and published in 1981 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1982. Set on an army base in Louisiana during World War II, the play deals with the open and covert conflicts between whites and blacks that limit the possibility of personal growth and social progress. The work concerns an investigation into the murder of a black sergeant of an all-black company. By interviewing witnesses, the investigator discovers that the sergeant had been a tyrannical, sadistic man who had hated everyone, black and white. He eventually discovers that the murder was not committed by white soldiers, town bigots, or members of the Ku Klux Klan, but by a young black soldier whom the sergeant had goaded unmercifully. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
About the Book
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.
Soldier's Story (1985) DVD
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Actors: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, Art Evans, David Alan Grier, David Harris
Directors: Norman Jewison
Writers: Charles Fuller
Producers: Norman Jewison, Charles Milhaupt, Chiz Schultz, Patrick J. Palmer, Ronald L. Schwary
Format: Anamorphic, Full Screen, NTSC
Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Run Time: 101 minutes
Director Norman Jewison's (In the Heat of the Night) 1984 adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the ramifications of racism and loyalty through the prism of blacks in the military, revealed through a murder mystery set in the 1940s deep South. Howard E. Rollins (Ragtime) plays a military investigator assigned to the murder of a drill instructor (Adolph Caesar) in charge of a black platoon. Under pressure from his superiors to wrap his investigation up quickly, Rollins instead delves deeply into the relationships between the despised drill instructor and his men, uncovering lies and animosity, and confronting the question of what it means to be black in a white man's world. Rollins is a riveting, stoic, and emotional lead, and Denzel Washington makes an early appearance as a soldier with a deep grudge against the drill instructor and a deep mistrust of Rollins' investigator. A powerfully written story that makes the most of its large and impressive ensemble cast, A Soldier's Story is a deeply affecting and worthwhile film. --Robert Lane
and the Sign
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Paperback: 71 pages
Publisher: Samuel French Inc Plays (June 2003)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.2 inches
Fuller won an Obie Award for Zooman and the Sign in 1980, about a black Philadelphia teen who kills a young girl on her own front porch, and whose neighbours eventually rise up against him after being goaded out of their apathy by the girl's father with a sign. Zooman presents himself as a helpless product of his society, but his victim's father convinces their neighbours that they need to stand together and achieve justice.