Black Boy

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Harper Collins, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 419 pages
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With an introduction by Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

Black Boy is a classic of American autobiography, a subtly crafted narrative of Richard Wright's journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. An enduring story of one young man's coming off age during a particular time and place, Black Boy remains a seminal text in our history about what it means to be a man, black, and Southern in America.

"Superb...The Library of America has insured that most of Wright's major texts are now available as he wanted them to be tread...Most important of all is the opportunity we now have to hear a great American writer speak with his own voice about matters that still resonate at the center of our lives."
--Alfred Kazin, New York Time Book Review

"The publication of this new edition is not just an editorial innovation, it is a major event in American literary history."
--Andrew Delbanco, New Republic


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BLACK BOY: A Record Of Childhood And Youth

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This autobiography might almost be said to supply the roots to Wright's famous novel, Native Son. It is a grim record, disturbing, the story of how — in one boy's life — the seeds of hate and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brandon P. - Borders

The first half of this book explains Richard Wright's childhood. He goes through a lot of dark times forcing himself to see life in a dark way. He survives and works through hardship. But after the ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Richard Wright was born in 1908 near Roxie, Mississippi. Black Boy was originally published by Harper Brothers in 1945. Richard Wright is also the author of Native Son, The Outsider, The Long Dream and many other books. He died in 1960.