Never before published, the final work of one of America's greatest writers
A Father's Law is the novel Richard Wright, acclaimed author of Black Boy and Native Son, never completed. Written during a six-week period near the end of his life, it appears in print for the first time, an important addition to this American master's body of work, submitted by his daughter and literary executor, Julia, who writes:
It comes from his guts and ends at the hero's "breaking point." It explores many themes favored by my father like guilt and innocence, the difficult relationship between the generations, the difficulty of being a black policeman and father, the difficulty of being both those things and suspecting that your own son is the murderer. It intertwines astonishingly modern themes for a novel written in 1960.
Prescient, raw, powerful, and fascinating, A Father's Law is the final gift from a literary giant.
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For Tommy, like the young Richard Wright, has broken off his engagement to a girl afflicted with congenital syphilis (the story is briefly told in Michel Fabre’s 1993 biography The Unfinished Quest of Richard Wright).Jan 08 2008 | Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)
Ruddy's son, Tommy—a brilliant but high-strung sociology student at the University of Chicago who makes Ruddy uneasy because of his difficult temperament—knew one of the murder victims well and has been “studying” Brentwood Park.Nov 19 2007 | Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)
The author of Native Son, a book I've read a few times, wrote this book right before he died.Feb 09 2010 | Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)
Richard Wright, whose powerful, groundbreaking novels brought to light the racial inequality and social injustice of pre–civil rights era America, began writing A Father’s Law six weeks before his death in 1960.Apr 23 2008 | Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)
The Richard Wright Centennial provides a special opportunity for readers to reconsider salient aspects of Richard Wright's life (1908-1960) and the many angles from which his fiction and nonfiction can still cast light on fundamental issues of the twenty-first century.| Read Full Review of A Father's Law (P.S.)
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