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Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth Paperback – March 27, 2007
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About the Author
Richard Wright won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.
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In the book Richard Wright focuses on special times in his life. In black boy Richard explains what lead to him graduating from school no matter what people said. In the article" The Problem with Memoirs" by Neil Genzlinger, he implies that a good memoir as something that not everyone has gone through. In the book Richard is among the few black kids that actually graduate from school to have a better life while living under the Jim crow law. In the article" Intro to inventing the truth: the art and craft of memoir" by William Zinsser, he says that memoirs are how we try to make seance of who we are. In the book Richard ends up finding who he is and where he belongs.
In the book Richard reflects on his past. In the book there are moments when Richard stops and writes what he thinks about what is happening to him in that moment. In the article " The Problem with Memoirs" by Neil Genzlinger, he says that having an extremely unusual experience and writing about it fits the category of a good memoir. Richard goes through many unusual experiences that many may have never done. In the article " Intro to inventing the truth: the art and craft of memoir" by William Zinsser, he explains through memoirs people arrive at a truth that is theirs alone. Richard goes through experiences that he alone or no one else has gone through.
The book is a good example of a careful act of construction. In the book Richard shares moments in his life from when he was a child to when he is an adult that explains why he is the way he is at the end of the book. In the article " The Problem with Memoirs" by Neil Genzlinger, he says if you don't feel you were discovering something as you wrote your memoir you shouldn't publish it. Throughout the book Richard shows how he is discovering who he is and who he wants to be. In the article " Intro to inventing the truth: the art and craft of memoir" by William Zinsser, he says good memoirs are a careful act of construction. The book is constructed in a way that helps the reader understand what Richard is going through.
I think that Black boy by Richard Wright is a great example of a successful memoir. Even though I was forced to read this book by my English teacher, in the end I really enjoyed this book even though I hate reading. I in courage you to read this book.
An important thing for a memoir is that the writer has to be telling the truth. The definition of a memoir is an autobiography. Often used in the plural. In the book Black Boy by Richard Wright, Richard does not tell a lie to the reader. He always told the truth whether it was from him burning down the house to him fighting against Mr. Harrison. He always told the truth no matter what. In a memoir, you have to tell the truth because it's about yourself.
Also an important thing in a memoir is that it needs to be descriptive. Black Boy, Richard is very descriptive. He always told us background parts about all the people in his life. Richard told us during the time that he saw the lady spitting in the food that he saw some really weird things and he was very descriptive. You should be descriptive in a memoir because you're writing about yourself and you know a lot about your life.
The final thing that is important in a memoir is that you need to tell the reader how you got there and what why did to do that. For example Richard told us how he got to the north and why he did it. You should always know what you're doing and why you're doing it. You always need a pourpose to things wither its playing a game or doing a prank on somebody.
All in all Black Boy was a good memoir because Richard tells us how he is living his life and why he is doing that, also that he tells us background information and finally he tells us the truth. The definition of a memoir is an autobiography usually used in the plural.