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Richard Wright Reader

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ISBN-10: 0306807742

ISBN-13: 9780306807749

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Richard Wright, Ellen Wright, Michel J. Fabre

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List price: $23.00
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Richard Wright was generally thought of as one of the most gifted contemporary African American writers until the rise of James Baldwin. "With Wright, the pain of being a Negro is basically economic---its sight is mainly in the pocket. With Baldwin, the pain suffuses the whole man. . . . If Baldwin's sights are higher than Wright's, it is in part because Wright helped to raise them" (Time). Wright was born on a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi, the son of a sharecropper. At the age of 15, he started to work in Memphis, then in Chicago, then "bummed all over the country," supporting himself by various odd jobs. His early writing was in the smaller magazines---first poetry, then prose. He…