Gr 7 Up
Wright was, for a time, the most celebrated African-American writer of his generation, and he is said to have used his writings like a "sledgehammer" to speak truth to power. Native Son , his most acclaimed novel, and Black Boy , his autobiography, are harsh and bitter indictments of America's oppressive treatment of her black citizens. His body of literature shows him to have been an angry man, outraged at white America and impatient with the slow pace of progress in race relations during the 1940s and '50s. Harassed by the FBI, hated by many whites, and criticized by some of the most influential of his fellow black writers, Wright maintained an often lonely battle against the inequities he saw. Levy attempts to demonstrate how the grinding poverty of his childhood, his family relations, and racism shaped Wright's worldview, haunted his entire life, and gave birth to his rage. This biography joins Joyce Hart's Native Son: The Story of Richard Wright (Morgan Reynolds, 2003) in introducing young adults to the man's extraordinary life. The writing is clear, objective, and well organized, and the author liberally uses period black-and-white photographs throughout to extend readers' awareness of the author's time and place. This work will enhance any biography section.
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