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Richard Wright - American Writers 74

Richard Wright - American Writers 74: University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers

Copyright Date: 1969
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 48
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    Richard Wright - American Writers 74
    Book Description:

    Richard Wright. To meet a need which had been felt for some time both in the United States and abroad, the pamphlet series, the University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers, was established in 1959. By providing readable critical introductions to American Writers, the pamphlets were designed to meet the needs and tastes of mature students and readers of imaginative literature throughout the world.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-5169-6
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Richard Wright
    (pp. 5-46)

    Richard Wright was born in 1908 on a cotton plantation not far from Natchez, Mississippi. His father was a sharecropper, a man of casual affections who deserted wife and family when Wright was only five. His mother struggled ineffectively as cook or housemaid to raise two growing boys. When Wright was ten or twelve she suffered a series of paralytic strokes. Her chronic illness set the emotional tone of his life and imbued his writing with a somber cast. Anguish is Wright’s characteristic note; four of his epigraphs are taken from the Book of Job.

    Hunger and violence were his...

  3. Selected Bibliography
    (pp. 47-48)