Native Son by Richard Wright
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Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

 

About Richard Wright

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Richard Wright has been writing strange, dark fictions for over a decade. Currently living with his wife and daughter in New Delhi, India, his stories have been widely published in the United Kingdom and USA. Most recently, his tales have been found in magazines and anthologies including World's Collider, Dark Faith: Invocations, Choices, Dark Faith, the Doctor Who collection Short Trips: Re:Collections, and the Iris Wildthyme anthology Wildthyme in Purple. He is the author of the novel Cuckoo, and the novella Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow. His apocalyptic new novel Thy Fearful Symmetry, bringing the end of the world to Glasgow, was released in 2012.
 
Published August 1, 2005 by Perfection Learning. 359 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, History, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1939 ISBN: 006053348X Page count: 4...

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The New York Times

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As Bigger Thomas, he gives a clean, honest, driving performance of remarkable versatility.

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The New York Times

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RICHARD WRIGHT The Life and Times. By Hazel Rowley. Illustrated. 626 pp. New York: A John Macrae Book/ Henry Holt & Company. $35.

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Publishers Weekly

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Wright's classic 1940 novel about a young African-American man who murders a white woman in 1930s Chicago is a truly remarkable literary accomplishment.

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Common Sense Media

Jan, Mary Dalton's boyfriend, and his friend Boris Max, who defends Bigger in court, are the best role models the story has to offer before Bigger's own transformation.

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Socialist Review

It is here that the tensions that sat behind the writing of the book become most apparent, for while Richard Wright was a Communist Party member he became increasingly disillusioned by their politics towards the end of the 1930s.

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Project MUSE

On the one hand, Corkery argues that Wright's image in the mind of American readers in 1940 explains the great impact of the novel on American culture, because the book enabled Wright to connect especially with liberal white American readers through a commonly held commitment to liberal ideologies.

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The Moderate Voice

Max is horrified, but Bigger says goodbye, and asks him to say hello to Jan. This is a small, but important side note, for early on, when Jan first met Bigger, he insisted that Bigger call him by his first name, not the obsequious ‘Suh.’ Now, nearing death, Bigger is free to see white people on a...

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