9780061443084

Black Boy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780061443084

  • ISBN10:

    0061443085

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/7/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about 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.

Black Boy is 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.

‘’Autobiography by Richard Wright, published in 1945 and considered to be one of his finest works. The book is sometimes considered a fictionalized autobiography or an autobiographical novel because of its use of novelistic techniques. Black Boy describes vividly Wright's often harsh, hardscrabble boyhood and youth in rural Mississippi and in Memphis, Tenn. When the work was first published, many white critics viewed Black Boy primarily as an attack on racist Southern white society. From the 1960s the work came to be understood as the story of Wright's coming of age and development as a writer whose race, though a primary component of his life, was but one of many that formed him as an artist.’’ - The Merriam-Webster Encylopedia of Literature

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Enthralling May 26, 2011
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Richard Wright (1908-1960) describes his southern upbringing in this superb autobiographical tale. In reading this textbook you will see how life was for African Americans and the blatant racism that they faced. I am intrigued by Richard Wright and his life and look forward to reading his most recent biography. I would definitely recommend this cheap, invaluable, and informative textbook for those who are interested in the racial progress of our country.
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