Richard Wright: Native Son (4152 words)

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Upon its 1940 publication, Richard Wright’s Native Son was quickly recognized as a landmark and turning point in black literature, a text that forcefully indicted American civilization and exposed unnerving truths about racism and systemic social oppression.

Born near Natchez, Mississippi in 1908, Wright triumphed over an educationally barren and impoverished upbringing by making himself an artist. His journey from sharecropper’s son to world famous novelist began in early childhood with an intuitive understanding of the power of language as a tool for defying authority and combating the restrictive forces of his environment. In 1927, at the age of 19, Wright left Mississippi for Chicago, joining thousands …

Chura, Patrick . "Native Son". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 February 2018
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