Conversations with Richard Wright

A collection of interviews presents a portrait of the late American writer, offering glimpses into his development and character, as well as his concerns about racism and world events

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878056335

Category: Literary Criticism

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A collection of interviews presents a portrait of the late American writer, offering glimpses into his development and character, as well as his concerns about racism and world events
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The Color Curtain

The expatriate, one of America's greatest black writers, giving a bold assessment of the world's outlook on race, a report of the Bandung Conference of 1955.

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 087805748X

Category: Social Science

Page: 245

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The expatriate, one of America's greatest black writers, giving a bold assessment of the world's outlook on race, a report of the Bandung Conference of 1955.
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Black Boy

Orville Prescott of the New York Times wrote that “if enough such books are written, if enough millions of people read them maybe, someday, in the fullness of time, there will be a greater understanding and a more true democracy.” ...

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061935480

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment--a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering. When Black Boy exploded onto the literary scene in 1945, it caused a sensation. Orville Prescott of the New York Times wrote that “if enough such books are written, if enough millions of people read them maybe, someday, in the fullness of time, there will be a greater understanding and a more true democracy.” Opposing forces felt compelled to comment: addressing Congress, Senator Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi argued that the purpose of this book “was to plant seeds of hate and devilment in the minds of every American.” From 1975 to 1978, Black Boy was banned in schools throughout the United States for “obscenity” and “instigating hatred between the races.” The once controversial, now classic American autobiography measures the brutality and rawness of the Jim Crow South against the sheer desperate will it took to survive. Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those about him; at six he was a “drunkard,” hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. At the end of Black Boy, Wright sits poised with pencil in hand, determined to "hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo."
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Richard Wright

Born into poverty, Richard Wright managed to complete only an eighth-grade education.

Author: Jennifer Jensen Wallach

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 1566638240

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 197

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Born into poverty, Richard Wright managed to complete only an eighth-grade education. Yet by at the age of 33, he was the best-selling author of what would become an American classic, Native Son. Before dying prematurely at the age of fifty-two, he published nearly a dozen books and left behind hundreds of unpublished manuscript pages. This biography traces Wright's life, while he attempted to answer the question, "How can I live freely?"
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Richard Wright New Edition

Presents a selection of criticism devoted to the work of African American author Richard Wright.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438113425

Category: African Americans in literature

Page: 215

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Presents a selection of criticism devoted to the work of African American author Richard Wright.
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The World of Richard Wright

Author: Fabre, Michel

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1617035173

Category:

Page: 268

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Wide-ranging essays in which Wright's biographer probes the career, ideology, complex life, and achievements of America's premier black writer. "A major contribution to Wright studies" -Keneth Kinnamon. "Full of insights into cultural history and radical politics, race relations, and literary connections . . . sets a high standard for scholarship to come" -Werner Sollors
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Native Son

Traces the fall of a young Black man in 1930s Chicago as his life loses all hope of redemption after he kills a white woman

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060929804

Category: Fiction

Page: 504

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Traces the fall of a young Black man in 1930s Chicago as his life loses all hope of redemption after he kills a white woman
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Property Crime Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

In criminology, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need.

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199805709

Category:

Page: 22

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of criminology find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In criminology, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study and practice of criminology. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.aboutobo.com.
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Richard Wright s Black Boy American Hunger

Richard Wright "Wearing the Mask" TIMOTHY ADAMS Q Q Q An autobiography is
the truest of all books; for while it inevitably consists mainly of extinctions of the
truth, shirkings of the truth, partial revelations of the truth, with hardly an instance
 ...

Author: William L. Andrews

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195157727

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 210

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This casebook reprints a selection of important and representative reviews, criticism and scholarly analysis of Richard Wright's 'Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth' (1991).
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Richard Wright

Ralph Ellison to Richard Wright, 22 April 1940. Wright papers. 4. On Finland, too,
Wright echoed the Party's rhetoric: “The Finnish situation is being used by the big
imperialist powers as a smoke screen for involving the whole world in war.

Author: Hazel Rowley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226730387

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 626

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Skillfully interweaving quotations from Wright's writings, Rowley portrays a man who transcended the times in which he lived and sought to reconcile opposing cultures in his work. In this lively, finely crafted narrative, Wright--passionate, complex, courageous, and flawed--comes vibrantly to life. Two 8-page photo inserts.
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The Richard Wright Encyclopedia

Richard Wright (1908–1960) is considered among the most important figures of
twentieth- century American fiction. Because of his courage and insistence in
attacking taboos and hypocrisy that previous writers had rarely dared to address,
 ...

Author: Jerry W. Ward

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313355196

Category: Social Science

Page: 472

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Richard Wright is one of the most important African American writers. He is also one of the most prolific. Best known as the author of Native Son, he wrote 7 novels; 2 collections of short fiction; an autobiography; more than 250 newspaper articles, book reviews, and occasional essays; some 4,000 verses; a photo-documentary; and 3 travel books. By attacking the taboos and hypocrisy that other writers had failed to address, he revolutionized American literature and created a disturbing and realistic portrait of the African American experience. This encyclopedia is a guide to his vast and influential body of works.
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Richard Wright

Traces briefly the author's life, examines his novels and other writings, and establishes his place in American literature

Author: Twayne's United States Authors

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: UOM:39015046863331

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 189

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Traces briefly the author's life, examines his novels and other writings, and establishes his place in American literature
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Drugs and Crime Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

In criminology, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need.

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199805532

Category:

Page: 16

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This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of criminology find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In criminology, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study and practice of criminology. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit www.aboutobo.com.
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Richard Wright s Native Son

The publication in 1991 of the Library of America unabridged and unexpurgated
editions of Lawd Today!, Uncle Tom's Children, Native Son, Black Boy, American
Hunger and The Outsider prompted, in a critic's words, “a Richard Wright ...

Author: Ana Fraile

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042022973

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

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The eleven essays collected in this volume engage the objective of Rodopi's Dialogue Series by creating multidirectional conversations in which senior and younger scholars interact with each other and with previous scholars who have weighed in on the novel's import. Speaking from distant corners of the world, the contributors to this book reflect an international interest in Wright's unique combination of literary strategies and social aims. The present volume may be of interest for students who are not very familiar with Wright's classic text as well as for scholars and Richard Wright specialists.
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Richard Wright s Travel Writings

While the remark which Wright expresses in The Color Curtain is that “no
anthropologist, no sociologist, no political scientist ... I The Travel Writer/Narrator
as Participant/Observer Richard Wright's passage to Indonesia that resulted in
his ...

Author: Virginia Whatley Smith

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604737719

Category: African Americans

Page: 415

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Attracted to remote lands by his interest in the postcolonial struggle, Richard Wright (1908-1960) became one of the few African Americans of his time to engage in travel writing. He went to emerging nations not as a sightseer but as a student of their cultures, learning the politics and the processes of social transformation. When Wright fled from the United States in 1946 to live as an expatriate in Paris, he was exposed to intellectual thoughts and challenges that transcended his social and political education in America. Three events broadened his world view- his introduction to French existentialism, the rise of the Pan-Africanist movement to decolonize Africa, and Indonesia's declaration of independence from colonial rule in 1945. During the 1950s as he traveled to emerging nations his encounters produced four travel narratives-Black Power (1953), The Color Curtain (1956), Pagan Spain (1956), and White Man, Listen! (1957). Upon his death in 1960, he left behind an unfinished book on French West Africa, which exists only in notes, outlines, and a draft. Written by multinational scholars, this collection of essays exploring Wright's travel writings shows how in his hands the genre of travel writing resisted, adapted, or modified the forms and formats practiced by white authors. Enhanced by nine photographs taken by Wright during his travels, the essays focus on each of Wright's four separate narratives as well as upon his unfinished book and reveal how Wright drew on such non-Western influences as the African American slave narrative and Asian literature of protest and resistance. The essays critique Wright's representation of customs and people and employ a broad range of interpretive modes, including the theories of formalism, feminism, and postmodernism, among others. Wright's travel books are proved here to be innovative narratives that laid down the roots of such later genres as postcolonial literature, contemporary travel writing, and resistance literature. Virginia Whatley Smith is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Mississippi Quarterly, and MLA Approaches to Teaching Wright's 'Native Son.'
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Richard Wright s Black Boy

Richard. Wright's. Struggle. with. Fathers. Be your own father ... —Invisible Man I
... over-all symbol or image gained from my living that most nearly represents
what I feel to be the essence of American life,” Richard Wright wrote in 1942, “I'd
say ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780791085851

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 197

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A critical overview of the work features the contributions of Dan McCall, Claudia C. Tate, Charles T. Davis, Yoshinobu Hakutani, Elizabeth J. Ciner, and other scholars, discussing the themes and characters of the novel.
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Works

The story of Wright's account of his struggle to escape a life of poverty, ignorance, and fear in his native South. (Lawd today!) Lawd Today is the story of one day in the life of Jake Jackson, detailing his daily routine from dawn into the ...

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D00723097A

Category: African Americans

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The story of Wright's account of his struggle to escape a life of poverty, ignorance, and fear in his native South. (Lawd today!) Lawd Today is the story of one day in the life of Jake Jackson, detailing his daily routine from dawn into the early hours of the next morning. (Uncle Tom's children) The common theme of the stories in Uncle Tom's Children is the struggle to find personal dignity in an oppressive society. (Native son) Bigger Thomas takes a job working for the wealthy Dalton family. He accidentally kills Mary Dalton, the daughter, and attempts to destroy the evidence by burning her body. (Black boy) A memoir detailing his youth in the South: Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, and his eventual move to Chicago, where he establishes his writing career and becomes involved with the Communist Party in the United States. Black Boy is a text which is meant to represent slavery and oppression from the perspective of a young boy, and Wright wrote this from the perspective of himself. (The outsider) Cross Damon's search for meaningfulness and happiness falls into five stages, omnisciently narrated in books of the novel entitled: Dread, Dream, Descent, Despair, and Decision.
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Richard Wright

Reconstructs the Black American writer's life and career and describes his view of freedom and anger over the plight of his people

Author: David Bakish

Publisher: New York : F. Ungar Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015002719550

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 114

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Reconstructs the Black American writer's life and career and describes his view of freedom and anger over the plight of his people
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Richard Wright s Native Son

I. Fear Aptly, Native Son's first chapter proclaims the single greatest underlying
fact of the life of Wright's protagonist: fear. The emotion colors nearly every
interaction Bigger Thomas has, whether he is actively in fear and running for his
life, ...

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780791093689

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 130

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An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.
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