Father's Law

Father's Law

by Richard Wright


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Prescient, raw, powerful, and fascinating, A Father's Law is the final gift from a literary giant.

A Father's Law is the novel Richard Wright, acclaimed author of Black Boy and Native Son, never completed. Written during a six-week period near the end of his life, it appears in print for the first time, an important addition to this American master's body of work, submitted by his daughter and literary executor, Julia, who writes:

It comes from his guts and ends at the hero's "breaking point." It explores many themes favored by my father like guilt and innocence, the difficult relationship between the generations, the difficulty of being a black policeman and father, the difficulty of being both those things and suspecting that your own son is the murderer. It intertwines astonishingly modern themes for a novel written in 1960.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061349164
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 940,476
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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 books, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.

Date of Birth:

September 4, 1908

Date of Death:

November 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Near Natchez, Mississippi

Place of Death:

Paris, France


Smith-Robertson Junior High in Jackson, Mississippi (1925)

Customer Reviews

Father's Law 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!!
DrPepperGirl More than 1 year ago
Wright died of a heart attack in the midst of completing "A Father's Law" leaving this masterpiece unfinished. I am no Wright expert but "A Father's Law," I believe, was a different approach that Wright took to further express his views on themes like races, classes, social psychology, self-consciousness and etc. An African-American officer just promoted to be the police chief in an upscale Caucasian community in Chicago. While unearthing a series of puzzling crimes, he came to suspect his own son, who was interested in criminal psychology and studied sociology in university, could be the culprit that he was going after. Whether or not the chief's son was guilty or not readers will never find out. Despite the fact that the writing was raw, bear in mind this is a work-in-progress, Wright maintained his captivating and magical style in this manuscripts. Love!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all Richard Wright's books and this was a huge disappointment. The writing wasn't up to par and the plot rambled on way to long.