In these twelve essays written over the last two decades Michel Fabre, Wright’s biographer, follows Wright’s search in an investigation of the novelist’s life and career. Although the essays were not originally intended as a collection, their organization her underscores Wright’s literary and intellectual development.
The essays range in time from a bibliographical study of Wright’s first scanty personal library to his interest at the end of his life in Negritude and African writing. Other essays probe his first use of the Gothic and his subsequent first efforts at “naturalistic” fiction, in which he moved away from the ideology of the American Communist Party, to which he belonged for some ten years after 1933, to more personal modes of self-expression. Also explored within these pieces are Wright’s use of the psychological approach, his interest in the link betw