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									Richard WrightRichard 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.

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Richard Wright
Also Known As:
Richard Nathaniel Wright (full name)
Date of Birth:
September 4, 1908
Place of Birth:
Near Natchez, Mississippi
Date of Death:
November 28, 1960
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Smith-Robertson Junior High in Jackson, Mississippi (1925)

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								Black Boy: (American Hunger), Author: 
								Richard A. Wright, Jerry W. Ward (Introduction).

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Black Boy: (American Hunger)
by Richard A. Wright, Jerry W. Ward (Introduction)
"Superb... Most important of all is the opportunity we now have to hear a great American writer speak with his own voice about matters that still resonate at the center of our lives," said Alfred Kazin in the New York Times Book Review of Wright's masterful autobiography.

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								Native Son, Author: 
								Richard A. Wright, John Reilly (Afterword).
*  Native Son (1940)
*  The Outsider (1953)
*  The Long Dream (1958)
*  Lawd Today! (1963)
*  Black Boy: (American Hunger) (1977)

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Wright's Contemporaries

While living in Greenwich Village in the 1930s, Wright's friends included Ralph Ellison (who served as best man at his wedding), Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Nelson Algren, John Hammond, Carson McCullers, and John Steinbeck. Wright, along with his contemporaries, would change the face of American fiction.

*  Langston Hughes
*  Countee Cullen
*  Nelson Algren

*  Carson McCullers
*  John Steinbeck