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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in 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. --This text refers to the Unbound edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Kind of disappointed was hoping it had more pato sectional couch projects.Published 19 days ago by Lisa J.
Richard Wright's way with words is amazing. The manner in which he was able to clearly articulate "white supremacy" and the affects it had on the lives of Americans - at... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rudy Jackson, Jr.
The first half of the book was absolutely riveting, but the second half I didn't find very interesting. I do wonder, though, whether it's a book I would enjoy rereading.Published 1 month ago by happycamper
Very educational in addition to entertaining. Should be required read for most people. Seeing the world through his eyes was eye opening.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Tape only goes half way through book. Some parts didn't match up with text book. Overall tapes helped me though.Published 3 months ago by jay jay