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The Long Dream

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Now available in a new edition. Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Long Dream is a novel rich in characterization and plot that dramatizes Richard Wright's themes of oppression, exploitation, corruption, and flight. It is the story of Fishbelly (called Fish), the son of Tyree Tucker, a prominent black mortician and owner of a brothel whose wealth and power were attained by forging business arrangements with corrupt white police officers and politicians. The riveting narrative centers on the explosive and ...

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Overview

Now available in a new edition. Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Long Dream is a novel rich in characterization and plot that dramatizes Richard Wright's themes of oppression, exploitation, corruption, and flight. It is the story of Fishbelly (called Fish), the son of Tyree Tucker, a prominent black mortician and owner of a brothel whose wealth and power were attained by forging business arrangements with corrupt white police officers and politicians. The riveting narrative centers on the explosive and tragic events that shape and alter the relationship between Fish and his father.

A stirring story of race prejudice in the South.

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"A surging, superb book that closely examines the anatomy of southern racial prejudice and reveals some awful truths. In the process, [Wright] has given us a social document of unusual worth. . . This book is not for the squeamish. Wright's catalog of lynching, police brutality, meanness, and emotion running riot in a small town is calculated to disturb even the most callous. This story, balanced by Wright's compassion for his people, is an experience of almost nightmarish quality." —Roi Ottley, Chicago Sunday Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555534233
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2000
  • Series: Northeastern Library of Black Literature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 925,591
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD WRIGHT (1908-1960) was born on a plantation in Roxie, Mississippi, and lived in the South until 1927, when he moved to Chicago. He later resided in New York City, and died in Paris as an expatriate. Among his many works are Native Son, Black Boy, The Outsider, Savage Holiday, and Lawd Today!

Biography

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.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Nathaniel Wright (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 4, 1908
    2. Place of Birth:
      Near Natchez, Mississippi
    1. Date of Death:
      November 28, 1960
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

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