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Richard Wright Early Works - Lawd Today!; Uncle Tom's Children; Native Son

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ISBN-10: 0940450666

ISBN-13: 9780940450660

Edition: N/A

Authors: Richard Wright, Arnold Rampersad, Richard Wright

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List price: $35.00
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 10/1/1991
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 936
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
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…