Native Son by Richard Wright

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.

The 102nd 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 (themodernnovel.com)
  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. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
  13. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)
  14. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  15. - The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 (Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com)
  16. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  17. - Great Books (The Learning Channel)
  18. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  19. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf)
  20. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

Buy This Book

Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Native Son, Full length play, Drama Paperback 1212037 $9.95 $2.00 2011
Richard Wright : Early Works : Lawd Today! / Uncle Tom's Children / Native Son (Library of America) Hardcover 785781 $17.98 $3.99 1991
Native Son (Perennial Classics) Paperback 3640 $7.50 $1.99 2005
Spark Notes Native Son Paperback 1348413 $14.95 $1.99 2002
Literary Companion Series - Native Son (paperback edition) Paperback 9426652 $68.16 $9.76 2000
Native Son Mass Market Paperback 186339 $3.94 $0.01
Native Son (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) Hardcover 1475899 $32.09 $16.62 2008
Uncle Tom's Children Mass Market Paperback 3158755 $5.00
Uncle Tom's Children Hardcover 11659402 $3.38
Uncle Tom's Children Hardcover 7760419 $9.99 1943
Uncle Tom's Children Paperback 645301 $19.98 $0.01
Uncle Tom's Children Mass Market Paperback 3237524 $1.99
Uncle Tom's Children. Hardcover 12068677 $7.43
Native Son (Perennial Classics) Kindle Edition 7806 $11.49 2009
Native Son CD Audio CD 452862 $18.25 $1.21 2008
Native Son Hardcover 1084345 $14.97 $11.99 2003
Native Son Hardcover 1889053 $17.00 $16.99 1979
Uncle Tom's Children (Perennial Classics) Paperback 404035 $7.53 $0.01 2004
Native Son (Modern Classics (Pb)) Hardcover 1548429 $23.04 $9.94 2005
Native Son (Native Son the restored text established by the library of America, 1908/2008 Centennial Hardcover 2330570 $14.39 $0.46
Native Son (Abridged) by Wright, Richard Rev Abr edition [Paperback(2003)] Paperback 4799503 $13.14 $7.19 2002
Native Son (Bloom's Guides) Hardcover 2802975 $26.97 $5.18
Native Son Hardcover 1987308 $52.00 $11.37
Native Son (Abridged) Paperback 338358 $3.98 $0.01 2003
Native Son by Wright, Richard (2014) Paperback Paperback 820462 $21.28 $17.02
Native Son By Richard Wright Hardback 1940 Hardcover 2758943 $6.49
Native Son Paperback 1790870 $9.95 2001
Native Son Paperback 442270 $8.74 $0.99 2008
Native Son (Abridged) Paperback 105297 $10.71 $2.21 2003
Literary Companion Series - Native Son (hardcover edition) Hardcover 1331154 $43.19 $3.00 2000
Native Son Hardcover 886908 $20.00 1940
Native Son Paperback 373024 $10.38 $3.57 2008