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Richard Wright"s Native son

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Published by Bloom"s Literary Criticism in New York .
Written in English


  • Wright, Richard, -- 1908-1960.,
  • Thomas, Bigger (Fictitious character),
  • African American men in literature.,
  • Trials (Murder) in literature.,
  • Murder in literature.,
  • American literature -- History and criticism.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 116-119) and index.

Other titlesNative son
Statementedited & with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
SeriesBloom"s guides
ContributionsBloom, Harold.
LC ClassificationsPS3545.R815 N3443 2007
The Physical Object
Pagination130 p. ;
Number of Pages130
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL21875814M
ISBN 100791093689
ISBN 109780791093689
LC Control Number2006037268

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“Native Son” is a groundbreaking novel written by Richard Wright and published in The book is one of the first American books to explore the topics of race relations and the oppression and segregation that black people face in their daily lives. Book One: Fear. Summary: Native Son takes place in the Chicago of the late s, and it is a harsh winter in the "Black Belt" (a predominantly black ghetto of Chicago). The main character is a twenty-year-old named Bigger Thomas, who lives in an impoverished, one room apartment with his mother and his teenaged siblings, Vera and and Vera share one bed, Buddy . In Richard Wright’s novel, Native Son, Wright explores the racism of the early 20th century, which almost years later, still resonates in the lives of African Americans all over the nation. The racism that held back American society early 20th century is still a force in American society today, though to a lesser extent. The American author Richard Wright is most famous for this one book. It was his first novel, and on its publication in , it became one of the fastest-selling novels in American literary Author: Caryl Phillips.