Native Son by Richard Wright

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The novel tells the story of 20-year old Bigger Thomas, an African American living in utter poverty. Bigger lived in Chicago's South Side ghetto in the 1930s. Bigger was always getting into trouble as a youth, but upon receiving a job at the home of the Daltons, a rich, white family, he experienced a realization of his identity.

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The 120th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)
  2. - 19th on The Best Southern Novels of All Time (Oxford American)
  3. - 20th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  4. - 27th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  5. - 30th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  6. - 45th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  7. - 47th on 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Complex)
  8. - 50th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  9. - 56th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (
  10. - 83rd on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  11. - 100th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  12. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at
  13. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  14. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  15. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (
  16. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  17. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  18. - Great Books (The Learning Channel)
  19. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)

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