The Critical Response to Richard Wright

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THE CRITICAL RESPONSE TO RICHARD WRIGHT

Edited by Robert J. Butler

Critical Responses in Arts and Letters, Number 16

Cameron Northouse, Series Adviser

GREENWOOD PRESS

Westport, Connecticut ● London

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents xi
  • Series Foreword xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Chronology xix
  • Introduction xxv
  • Biographical Overview 1
  • Richard Wright: Black Boy from America's Black Belt and Urban Ghettos 3
  • Native Son: The Personal, - Social, and Political Background 15
  • Notes 18
  • Native Son (1940) 21
  • Review of Native Son (Canby) 23
  • Review of Native Son (Poore) 25
  • Uneven Effect 27
  • A Powerful Novel about a Boy from Chicago's Black Belt 29
  • Review of Native Son (Sillen) 31
  • Wright's Invisible Native Son 35
  • Richard Wright's Women Characters and Inequality 43
  • Notes 48
  • Wright's Native Son and Two Novels by Zola: A Comparative Study 51
  • Black Boy (1945) 61
  • Review of Black Boy 63
  • Black Hunger 65
  • Richard Wright Looks Back 67
  • Richard Wright Adds a Chapter to Our Bitter Chronicle 69
  • Creation of the Self in Richard Wright's Black Boy 71
  • Notes 78
  • Sociology of an Existence: Richard Wright and the Chicago School 81
  • Notes 91
  • Introduction to the Harperperennial Edition of Black Boy (American Hunger) 95
  • The Outsider (1953) 101
  • Review of the Outsider (Prescott) 103
  • Review of the Outsider (Bontemps) 105
  • Review of the Outsider (Hansberry) 109
  • Richard Wright and the French Existentialists 111
  • Notes 121
  • Richard Wright's the Outsider: Existentialist Exemplar or Critique? 123
  • Notes 129
  • Eight Men (1961) 131
  • Lives of More Than Quiet Desperation 133
  • Review of Eight Men 135
  • Richard Wright: A Word of Farewell 137
  • The Paradoxical Structure of Richard Wright's "The Man Who Lived Underground" 141
  • Notes 149
  • Works Cited 150
  • Thematic and Formal Unity in Richard Wright's Eight Men 151
  • Notes 159
  • Richard Wright Today 161
  • Too Honest for His Own Time 163
  • The Problematic Texts of Richard Wright 167
  • Notes 172
  • The Library of America Edition of Native Son 173
  • The Library of America Edition of the Outsider 177
  • Notes 180
  • Authority, Gender, and Fiction 181
  • The Invisible Woman in Wright's Rite of Passage 185
  • Works Cited 189
  • Selected Bibliography 191
  • Index 197
  • About the Editor *
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