Richard Wright: The Life and Times (Paperback)
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Short Description for Richard Wright The first definitive biography of the author of Native Son describes Wright's rise from a Mississippi sharecropper's shack to international fame, describing his acclaimed writings, his role as an outspoken critic of racism, his expatriate life, and his relationship with Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellis
- Published: 01 September 2002
- Format: Paperback 640 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780805070880 ISBN 10: 0805070885
Full description for Richard Wright
"Writing," Richard Wright once said, "is my way of being a free man." In this engaging biography, Hazel Rowley chronicles Wright's extraordinary journey from a sharecropper's shack in Mississippi to international renown as a writer, fiercely independent thinker, and outspoken critic of racism. Skilfully interweaving quotations from Wright's writings, Rowland portrays a man who transcended the times in which he lived and sought to reconcile opposing cultures in his work. She draws on recently discovered material to shed new light on Wright's relationship with Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, and others, and on his self-imposed exile in France (widely blamed for his so-called decline as a writer). In this lively, finely crafted narrative, Wright - passionate, complex, courageous, and flawed, comes vibrantly to life.