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Black Boy (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 17 August 2000

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Before he was 40, Wright dominated literary America, publishing four books in seven years, each a triumph in its genre. His first novel, Native Son (1940), sold at the rate of 2,000 copies a day, making Wright the first best-selling black writer in the country's history. Black Boy (1945), his memoir of his Southern childhood, was a bigger success, selling more than a half-million copies ― New York Times

A compelling indictment of life in the Deep South between the wars ― Daily Telegraph

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Richard Wright was born near Natchez, Mississippi, in 1908. As a child he lived in Memphis, Tennessee, then in an orphanage, and with various relatives. He left home at fifteen and returned to Memphis for two years to work, and in 1934 went to Chicago, where in 1935 he began to work on the Federal Writers' Project. He published Uncle Tom's Children in 1938 and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the following year. His other titles include his autobiography, Black Boy (1945), and The Outsider (1953). After the war Richard Wright went to live in Paris with his wife and daughters, remaining there until his death in 1960.

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  • Publisher : Vintage Classics (17 August 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0099285061
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0099285069
  • Item Weight : 192 g
  • Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
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