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    DescriptionConsistently an outsider - a child of the fundamentalist South with an eighth-grade education, a self-taught intellectual, a black man married to a white woman - Richard Wright nonetheless became the unparalleled voice of his time. The first full-scale biography of the author best known for his searing novels Black Boy and Native Son, Richard Wright: The Life and Times brings the man and his work - in all their complexity and distinction - to vibrant life. Acclaimed biographer Hazel Rowley chronicles Wright's unprecedented journey from a sharecropper's shack in Mississippi to Chicago's South Side to international renown as a writer and outspoken critic of racism.Drawing on journals, letters, and eyewitness accounts, Richard Wright probes the author's relationships with Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison, his attraction to Communism, and his so-called exile in France. Skillfully interweaving quotes from Wright's own writings, Rowley deftly portrays a passionate, courageous, and flawed man who would become one of our most enduring literary figures.


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    Title
    Richard Wright
    Subtitle
    The Life and Times
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hazel Rowley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 638
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 858 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226730387
    ISBN 10: 0226730387
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    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
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    Libri: I-BA
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    DC22: 813.52
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    B&T Approval Code: C26109401
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT004040
    LC classification: PS3545.R815 Z84 2008
    BISAC V2.8: SOC001000
    Thema V1.0: DNBL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    11 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Hazel Rowley is the author of, most recently, Tete-a-Tete: The Tumultuous Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, which has been translated into twelve languages. During the writing of this book, she was a fellow at the Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard, a Rockefeller fellow at the University of Iowa, and a Bunting fellow at Radcliffe College, Harvard University.
    Review quote
    "Splendid....Richard Wright is well written, prodigiously researched, and nicely paced, a compelling evocation of the man, his craft, and the different worlds through which he moved." - Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal "A welcome and illuminating work....[Rowley] does an outstanding job....Rich and revealing." - Megan Harlan, San Francisco Chronicle "A magnificent biography, subtle and insightful....Rowley writes with style and grace, and her research on Wright is prodigious." - Howard Zinn, The Week "In her excellent, entirely readable Richard Wright, Hazel Rowley accomplishes what [previous biographer] Michel Fabre would have liked to do with once-guarded letters, aging witnesses, previously unidentified girlfriends....Mostly, Rowley concentrates on telling Wright's very powerful story." - Darryl Pinckney, New York Review of Books "Engrossing from the first page to the last." - Washington Post Book World"