For his troubles, literary historian Hazel Rowley shows in this sweeping biography, Wright earned a large readership--even, for a time, a place on the bestseller lists and the top income-tax bracket. But, because he had joined the Communist Party as a young man, he was also denounced from the floor of the United States Senate--accused of anti-Americanism and even suspected of spying for Moscow--and his books were banned in several states and cities. Wright protested that he had repudiated Marxism years before, bitterly remarking, "The Western world must make up its mind as to whether it hates colored people more than it hates Communists." Eventually, a prophet without honor, he left his native country and lived out the rest of his years in France, where he is buried.
Rowley draws on a wealth of archival material (as she notes, "Wright kept everything--drafts of manuscripts, letters, photographs, hotel bills, newspaper cuttings") and his body of work to portray the justly angry writer. The result is a welcome contribution to literary and historical studies. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After reading Richard Wright's "Native Son" -- I was blown away by its raw power-- I bought Hazel Rowley's biography and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Constant Reader
I used this book to write a 20+ page research paper on Richard Wright. It was really interesting. The book is broken down from the beg. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alyssa Olivo
This biography is as honest and well-researched as any I have read. The author's dedication to detail and her attempts to include all aspects of Wright's life, as well as "other"... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Iowa farm boy
Although a used copy (from a library) the book was in excellent condition.
I have read Richard Wright's "Native Son" and wanted to find out more about the author. Read more
I came across this book while basically just browsing many different topics. I had read "Black Boy" and "Native Son" many, many years ago, and had kind of lumped them in with... Read morePublished on August 29, 2006 by Linda A. Brooks
Why has it taken a half-century for a really good writer to produce a biography of Richard Wright? It had not seemed "natural" until Hazel Rowley's new book. Read morePublished on March 21, 2002 by Andrea Deurquiza