Richard Wright

Richard Nathaniel Wright was an American author of novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially related to the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries.


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  1. 1. Native Son

    This novel tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young African-American man living in Chicago's South Side during the 1930s. Bigger's life takes a tragic turn when he accidentally kills a young white woman. The incident leads to his arrest and trial, revealing the deep-seated racial prejudices and injustices prevalent in American society at the time. The narrative explores themes of poverty, systemic racism, fear, and the effects of oppression.

    The 66th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Black Boy

    "Black Boy" is an autobiographical account of a young African-American boy growing up in the South during the early 20th century. The book explores his experiences with extreme poverty, racism, and his struggle to find his place in a society that marginalizes and devalues him. The protagonist's desire for self-expression and understanding leads him to a love of literature and writing, providing him with a means to challenge and critique the oppressive social structures around him.

    The 619th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Eight Men: Short Stories

    "Eight Men: Short Stories" is a collection of tales that explore the lives of African-American men in a racially divided America. Each story delves into the experiences of these men as they navigate through the complexities of their existence, facing racial prejudice, social injustice, and personal dilemmas. The stories are a poignant portrayal of their struggles and resilience, offering a profound commentary on race relations and the human condition.

    The 2812th Greatest Book of All Time