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Overview

Erskine Fowler, an insurance executive forced by corporate intrigue into the long holiday of retirement, becomes enmeshed in a weekend of bizarre and bloody circumstances that reveal his troubled psyche and desperation. Naked and accidentally locked out of his apartment, he inadvertently causes a boy to fall to his death. Driven by guilt and by a compulsion to conceal his involvement, Fowler befriends the boy's mother. Yet his self-destructive rages to redeem himself lead to mayhem. This is Richard Wright's only published work with no black characters. He was unsure about how his readers would react to this bravely experimental novel. Shying away from the racial problem he depicted in his other works, he writes here a riveting study in psychological fiction. It deserves to be regarded anew as work from a master.
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Wright diverted from his usual subjects in this 1954 novel, which is his only creation to feature all white characters. In addition, rather than depicting racial injustice, the book is essentially a psychological thriller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878057504
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Banner Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wright
A trailblazing African-American novelist, playwright, and memoirist, Richard A. Wright brought the experiences of the twentieth-century ghetto into the realm of high art with his blockbuster 1940 novel Native Son. He went on to mix autobiography and fiction, and to become one of the most celebrated writers -- black or white -- of his era.

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.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    Just a great book

    I just have to say that this book was really extraordinary. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that it's not exactly on the same caliber as the great books ever written, but it really is a VERY enjoyable and entertaining book. I don't care for this word, but I'll guess I'll use it anyway: riveted. The book just kept me riveted the whole time I was reading, which is not easy. The way the story twists and turns so unexpectedly is just superb, so I absolutely recommend reading this book. I haven't read anything else by Richard Wright yet, but I look forward to doing so.

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