Native Son

Native Son

by Richard Wright

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Overview

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

This edition—the restored text of Native Son established by the Library of America—also includes an essay by Wright titled, How "Bigger" was Born, along with notes on the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060837563
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/02/2005
Series: Perennial Classics
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 8,647
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.03(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)

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.

Date of Birth:

September 4, 1908

Date of Death:

November 28, 1960

Place of Birth:

Near Natchez, Mississippi

Place of Death:

Paris, France

Education:

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

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Arnold Rampersad
Book One
1(94)
Book Two
95(176)
Book Three
271(160)
How "Bigger" Was Born
431(32)
Chronology 463(22)
Note on the Texts 485(4)
Notes 489

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