Black Boy (by Richard Wright)

Wright, Richard

Richard Wright, 1908–60, American author. An African American born on a Mississippi plantation, Wright struggled through a difficult childhood and worked to educate himself. He moved to Chicago in 1927 and in the 1930s joined the city's Federal Writers' Project and wrote Uncle Tom's Children (1938), a collection of four novellas dealing with Southern racial problems. His novel Native Son (1940), which many consider Wright's most important work, concerns the life of Bigger Thomas, a victimized African American struggling against the complicated political and social conditions of Chicago in the 1930s. In 1932, Wright joined the Communist party but later left it in disillusionment. After World War II, Wright moved to Paris. His Black Boy (1945), also regarded as one of his finest works, is an account of his childhood and youth. Other works include Twelve Million Black Voices (1941), a folk history of African Americans; American Hunger (1977), a two-part autobiography; The Outsider (1953) and The Long Dream (1958), two novels; Black Power (1954), an account of his trip to the Gold Coast (Ghana); and Eight Men (1961), a collection of stories published posthumously. Originally censored by his publishers due to their racial, political, or sexual candor, Wright's works were reissued unexpurgated in 1991.

See biographies by C. Webb (1968), M. Fabre (tr. 1973), A. Gayle (1980), M. Walker (1988), and H. Rowley (2001); studies by D. McCall (1969), K. Kinnamon (1973), and D. Ray and R. M. Farnsworth, ed. (1973).

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Black Boy (by Richard Wright): Selected full-text books and articles

Understanding Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents By Robert Felgar Greenwood Press, 1998
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Black Boy, Notes By Carl Senna Cliffs Notes, 1971
Telling Lies in Modern American Autobiography By Timothy Dow Adams University of North Carolina Press, 1990
The Rhetoric of Catalogues in Richard Wright's 'Black Boy.' By Camp, Carolyn MELUS, Vol. 17, No. 4, Winter 1991
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Re-Presenting Black Boy: The Evolving Packaging History of Richard Wright's Autobiography By Rambsy, Howard Southern Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 2, January 1, 2009
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The Politics of Reading Richard Wright: Black Boy as Ideological Critique By Young, Robert The Western Journal of Black Studies, Vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 2005
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Seeking Salvation in a Naturalistic Universe: Richard Wright's Use of His Southern Religious Background in Black Boy (American Hunger) By Butler, Robert Southern Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 2, January 1, 2009
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Palette of Fire: The Aesthetics of Propaganda in Black Boy and in the Castle of My Skin By Lowe, John The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 4, Fall 2008
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"Shouting Curses": The Politics of "Bad" Language in Richard Wright's 'Black Boy.' By Poulos, Jennifer H The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 82, No. 1, Winter 1997
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The Vengeance of Black Boys: How Richard Wright, Paul Beatty, and Aaron McGruder Strike Back By Rambsy, Howard, II The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 4, Fall 2008
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The Richard Wright Encyclopedia By Jerry W. Ward Jr.; Robert J. Butler Greenwood Press, 2008
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