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A special 75th anniversary edition of Richard Wright's powerful and unforgettable memoir, with a new foreword by John Edgar Wideman and an afterword by Malcolm Wright, the author’s grandson. When it exploded onto the literary scene in 1945, Black Boy was both praised and condemned. Orville Prescott of the New York Times wrote that “if enough such books are written, if enough millions of people read them maybe, someday, in the fullness of time, there will be a greater understanding and a more true democracy.” Yet from 1975 to 1978, Black Boy was banned in schools throughout the United States for “obscenity” and “instigating hatred between the races.” Wright’s once controversial, now celebrated autobiography measures the raw brutality of the Jim Crow South against the sheer desperate will it took to survive as a black boy. Enduring poverty, hunger, fear, abuse, and hatred while growing up in the woods of Mississippi, Wright lied, stole, and raged at those around him—whites indifferent, pitying, or cruel and blacks resentful of anyone trying to rise above their circumstances. Desperate for a different way of life, he may his way north, eventually arriving in Chicago, where he forged a new path and began his career as a writer. At the end of Black Boy, Wright sits poised with pencil in hand, determined to “hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo.” Seventy-five year later, his words continue to reverberate. “To read Black Boy is to stare into the heart of darkness,” John Edgar Wideman writes in his foreword. “Not the dark heart Conrad searched for in Congo jungles but the beating heart I bear.” One of the great American memoirs, Wright’s account is a poignant record of struggle and endurance—a seminal literary work that illuminates our own time.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Richard Wright
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release: 2020-02-18
File: 464 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780063028593

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Discusses the writing of Black boy by Richard Wright. Includes critical essays on the work and a brief biography of the author.

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Genre: American fiction
Author: Facts On File, Incorporated
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009
File: 129 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438130422

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This casebook reprints a selection of important and representative reviews, criticism and scholarly analysis of Richard Wright's 'Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth' (1991).

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: William L. Andrews
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 2003
File: 210 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780195157727

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Biography, autobiography, and memoir is among the best ways to teach students to appreciate nonfiction reading.

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Genre: African American authors
Author: Richard Wright
Publisher: Everbind
Release: 2003-01-01
File: 640 Pages
ISBN-13: 0971075670

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A critical overview of the work features the contributions of Dan McCall, Claudia C. Tate, Charles T. Davis, Yoshinobu Hakutani, Elizabeth J. Ciner, and other scholars, discussing the themes and characters of the novel.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2006-01
File: 197 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780791085851

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In a new edition of this classic autobiography, the author of Native Son chronicles his experience growing up black in the Jim Crow South. Reprint. NYT.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Richard Wright
Publisher: Perennial
Release: 1993
File: 501 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015032972435

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It's 1997 in Washington, D.C., and eleven-year-old Brennan Felton wants to know why black people are shooting other black people. He's living a life no child should have to live, but in his quest for knowledge and reasoning, he experiences something that will change his life forever.

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Author: Dwayne Redmond
Publisher:
Release: 2018-11
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: 1728730287

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The perfect companion to Richard Wright's "Black Boy," this study guide contains a chapter by chapter analysis of the book, a summary of the plot, and a guide to major characters and themes. BookCap Study Guides do not contain text from the actual book, and are not meant to be purchased as alternatives to reading the book. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.

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Genre: Computers
Author: BookCaps
Publisher: BookCaps Study Guides
Release: 2011
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781610426473

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A Study Guide for Kay Boyle's "Black Boy," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Release: 2016-07-14
File: 17 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781410341419

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. CliffsNotes on Black Boy chronicles the alienation of the author – not only from white society, but from his own people. Richard Wright’s novel is a cry of anguish in the face of the human condition and the tragedy that comes when an individual struggles to overcome it. With this study guide, you’ll experience the events and the unique tone of the novel. Background about the life of the author will help shed light on the novel’s themes. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of major players Chapter summaries and commentaries Critical essays Character genealogy chart Helpful maps Review questions and suggested essay topics Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Carl Senna
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release: 2007-08-20
File: 53 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780544179950

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