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Wright, Richard 1908-1960

Works: 1,011 works in 3,325 publications in 18 languages and 154,396 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Short stories  Autobiographies  Suspense fiction  Domestic fiction 
Subject Headings: African American authors  Authors, American  African American youth 
Roles: Author, Editor, Actor, Author of introduction, Creator, Performer, Speaker, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist
Classifications: PS3545.R815, 813.52
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Most widely held works by Richard Wright
Native son by Richard Wright( Book )

247 editions published between 1939 and 2016 in 13 languages and held by 8,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written -- in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America
Uncle Tom's children by Richard Wright( Book )

112 editions published between 1936 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 2,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents five stories about the lives of African Americans in the deep South during the early twentieth century, and includes an autobiographical essay in which Richard Wright discusses his education in the laws of Jim Crow
The outsider by Richard Wright( Book )

67 editions published between 1947 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 2,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[The author] presents a compelling story of a black man's attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem. Cross Damon is a man at odds with society and with himself, a man who hungers for peace but who brings terror and destruction wherever he goes
American poetry : the twentieth century( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains over 1500 poems by more than 200 well-known American poets, including Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens
[Works] by Richard Wright( Book )

23 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and held by 2,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Wright's account of his struggle to escape a life of poverty, ignorance, and fear in his native South
12 million black voices by Richard Wright( Book )

34 editions published between 1941 and 2008 in English and German and held by 2,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

12 Million Black Voices, first published in 1941, combines Wright's prose with startling photographs selected by Edwin Rosskam from the Security Farm Administration files compiled during the Great Depression. The photographs include works by such giants as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Arthur Rothstein. From crowded, rundown farm shacks to Harlem storefront churches, the photos depict the lives of black people in 1930s America-their misery and weariness under rural poverty, their spiritual strength, and their lives in northern ghettos. Wright's accompanying text eloquently narrates the story of these 90 pictures and delivers a powerful commentary on the origins and history of black oppression in this country. Also included are new prefaces by Douglas Brinkley, Noel Ignatiev, and Michael Eric Dyson. "Among all the works of Wright, 12 Million Black Voices stands out as a work of poetry ... passion ... and of love."--David Bradley "A more eloquent statement of its kind could hardly have been devised."-The New York Times Book Review
The long dream : a novel by Richard Wright( Book )

74 editions published between 1958 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,642 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in a small town in Mississippi, this is a novel rich in characterization and plot that dramatizes Richard Wright's themes of oppression, exploitation, corruption, and flight. It is the story of Fishbelly (called Fish), the son of Tyree Tucker, a prominent black mortician and owner of a brothel whose wealth and power were attained by forging business arrangements with corrupt white police officers and politicians. The riveting narrative centers on the explosive and tragic events that shape and alter the relationship between Fish and his father
Lawd today by Richard Wright( Book )

39 editions published between 1963 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Interweaves news bulletins, songs, exuberant wordplay, and scenes of confrontation and celebration into a kaleidoscopic chronicle of one day in the life of a black Chicago postal clerk during the Depression."--Page 4 of cover
White man, listen! by Richard Wright( Book )

41 editions published between 1957 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native son by Richard Wright( Recording )

37 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bigger Thomas, a 20 year-old black man, is uneducated, unsophisticated, and unemployed. When a wealthy family offers him a chauffeur's position, Bigger is torn between gratitude for the job and anger over his subservient status. On his first evening, the family's daughter orders Bigger to spend a drunken night on the town with her and a gentleman friend. By morning the young woman is dead. Native Son is a stark and troubling account of murder, guilt, and racial hatred
Eight men by Richard Wright( Book )

61 editions published between 1944 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories. For contents, see Author Catalog
Haiku : this other world by Richard Wright( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dazzling collection of 810 Haiku written by the late African-American author of Native Son holds true to the traditional Zen discipline of depicting the relationship between man and nature, but does so from the perspective of an African-American man
A father's law by Richard Wright( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel left unfinished by Richard Wright at the time of his death in 1960, telling the story of Ruddy Turner, an African-American police chief in a Chicago suburb, who struggles to know what to do when he begins to suspect his college-age son Tommy is a murderer
Rite of passage by Richard Wright( Book )

11 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When fifteen-year-old Johnny Gibbs is told that he is really a foster child, he runs off into the streets of Harlem and meets up with a gang that wants him to participate in a mugging. Includes criticism of Wright's fiction
Black power : a record of reactions in a land of pathos by Richard Wright( Book )

34 editions published between 1954 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savage holiday : a novel by Richard Wright( Book )

36 editions published between 1954 and 1995 in 6 languages and held by 880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erskine Fowler, an insurance executive forced by corporate intrigue into the long holiday of retirement, becomes enmeshed in a weekend of bizarre and bloody circumstances that reveal his troubled psyche and desperation. Naked and accidentally locked out of his apartment, he inadvertently causes a boy to fall to his death. Driven by guilt and by a compulsion to conceal his involvement, Fowler befriends the boy's mother. Yet his self-destructive rages to redeem himself lead to mayhem. This is Richard Wright's only published work with no black characters. He was unsure about how his readers would react to this bravely experimental novel. Shying away from the racial problem he depicted in his other works, he writes here a riveting study in psychological fiction. It deserves to be regarded anew as work from a master
Eight men by Richard Wright( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Here, in these powerful stories, Richard Wright takes readers into this landscape once again. Each of the eight stories in Eight Men focuses on a black man at violent odds with a white world, reflecting Wright's views about racism in our society and his fascination with what he called "the struggle of the individual in America." These poignant, gripping stories will captivate all those who loved Black Boy and Native Son
The color curtain; a report on the Bandung Conference. Foreword by Gunnar Myrdal by Richard Wright( Book )

27 editions published between 1956 and 1995 in English and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This indispensable work urging removal of the color barrier remains one of the key commentaries on the question of race in the modern era. First published in 1956, it arose from Richard Wright's participation in a global conference held in Bandung, Indonesia, in April 1955. With this report of what occurred at Bandung Wright takes a central spot on the international stage and serves as a harbinger of worldwide social and political change. He exhorts Western nations, largely responsible for the poverty and ignorance in their former colonies, to destroy racial impediments and to work with the leadership of the new nations in moving toward modernization and industrialization under a free democratic system rather than under Communist totalitarianism. With this book, Wright became a precursor to the era of multiculturalism and an advocate for global transformation
Black boy : a record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright( Book )

235 editions published between 1937 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this once sensational, now classic autobiography, Richard Wright tells us with unforgettable fury and eloquence exactly what he though and felt as a "black boy" in the Jim Crow South
Native son( Visual )

19 editions published between 1951 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation of the classic novel by Richard Wright. Set in Chicago, Native son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man who accidentally murders his employer's daughter while performing his duties as chauffeur. The combined forces of institutional racism and condescending white liberalism pursue Thomas to an unhappy end. The author plays the leading role in this film version
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Native son
Alternative Names
Raĭt, Richard

Raĭt, Richard 1908-1960

Raiṭ, Rits'ard 1908-1960

Rāyt, Rīšārd 1908-1960

Rāyt Rītšārd 1908-1960

Ricard Rajt

Ricardus Wright

Richard Nathaniel Wright

Richard Wright amerikansk poet och författare

Richard Wright amerikansk poet og skribent

Richard Wright auteur

Richard Wright écrivain américain

Richard Wright pisarz amerykański

Richard Wright scrittore statunitense

Richard Wright US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Wright R. 1908-1960

Wright, Richard 1908-1960

Wright, Richard Nathaniel 1908-1960

Райт Р. 1908-1960

Райт, Ричард 1908-1960

Райт, Ричард Натаниэль

Ричард Райт

ריט, ריצ'רד

רייט, ריצ׳רד

רייט, ריצ׳רד 1908־1960

רייט, ריצ'ארד נתנאל

ריצ'רד רייט

رايت، ريتشارد

رايت ريتشارد 1908-1960

رتشارد رايت

ريتشارد رايت

ريتشارد رايت، 1908-1960

ریچارد رایت نویسنده و شاعر آمریکایی

रिचर्ड राइट

라이트, 리차드 1908-1960

라이트, 리챠드 1908-1960

라이트, 리처드 1908-1960

라이트, 리처드 B. 1908-1960

리처드 라이트

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Uncle Tom's childrenThe outsiderAmerican poetry : the twentieth century[Works]12 million black voicesThe long dream : a novelLawd todayWhite man, listen!