Richard Wright

Richard Wright

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Consistently an outsidera€”a child of the fundamentalist South with an eighth-grade education, a self-taught intellectual, a black man married to a white womana€”Richard Wright nonetheless became the unparalleled voice of his time. The first full-scale biography of the author best known for his searing novels Black Boy and Native Son, Richard Wright: The Life and Times brings the man and his worka€”in all their complexity and distinctiona€”to vibrant life. Acclaimed biographer Hazel Rowley chronicles Wrighta€™s unprecedented journey from a sharecroppera€™s shack in Mississippi to Chicagoa€™s South Side to international renown as a writer and outspoken critic of racism. Drawing on journals, letters, and eyewitness accounts, Richard Wright probes the authora€™s relationships with Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison, his attraction to Communism, and his so-called exile in France. Skillfully interweaving quotes from Wrighta€™s own writings, Rowley deftly portrays a passionate, courageous, and flawed man who would become one of our most enduring literary figures. a€œSplendid. . . . Richard Wright is well written, prodigiously researched, and nicely paced, a compelling evocation of the man, his craft, and the different worlds through which he moved.a€a€”Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal a€œA welcome and illuminating work . . . [Rowley] does an outstanding job. . . . Rich and revealing.a€a€”Megan Harlan, San Francisco Chronicle a€œA magnificent biography, subtle and insightful. . . . Rowley writes with style and grace, and her research on Wright is prodigious.a€a€”Howard Zinn, The WeekSkillfully interweaving quotations from Wrighta#39;s writings, Rowley portrays a man who transcended the times in which he lived and sought to reconcile opposing cultures in his work.

Title:Richard Wright
Author: Hazel Rowley
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2008-02-15

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