On Richard Wright's Centennial: The Great Outsider
Against The Current vol. 138

Wald, Alan
Date Written:  2009-01-01
Publisher:  Against The Current
Year Published:  2009
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13474

In the spring of 1940, Richard Wright’s Native Son was published to such acclaim that Black Marxist C.L.R. James decreed the novel “not only a literary but also a political event.” By means of a riveting naturalist fictional technique, depicting the world through the eyes and ears of a 20-year-old unemployed African American named Bigger Thomas, Wright evokes the volatile brutality of poverty and segregation on Chicago’s South Side during the latter part of the Great Depression.

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