Black Boy
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Black Boy

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"Superb. . . .A great American writer speaks with his own voice about matters that still resonate at the center of our lives." -- New York Times Book Review

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot.

Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment--a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 30mm | 340g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 60th ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0061130249
  • 9780061130243
  • 172,935

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Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot.

Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment--a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
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Review quote

"Superb....A great American writer speaks with his own voice about matters that still resonate at the center of our lives."--Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review on Black Boy
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Rating details

42,968 ratings
4.04 out of 5 stars
5 37% (16,051)
4 37% (16,046)
3 19% (8,190)
2 5% (1,934)
1 2% (747)
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