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Richard Wright : the life and times

Author: Hazel Rowley
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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""How in hell did you happen?" the Chicago sociologist Robert Park once asked Richard Wright. Hazel Rowley shows how, chronicling with the dramatic drive of a novel 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." "The author draws on recently discovered material to shed new light on Wright's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Richard Wright; Richard Wright
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hazel Rowley
ISBN: 080504776X 9780805047769 0805070885 9780805070880
OCLC Number: 45634503
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Description: x, 626 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Mississippi --
Whisper of liberty --
South side of Chicago --
Words as weapons --
Bastard intellectual --
Crossing the divide --
Change of fortune --
Grappling with bigger --
Marriage --
Fame --
Cuernavaca --
Backstage and onstage: Drama of native son --
Ellen Poplowitz --
Weathercock turns --
Wartime brooklyn --
Troublingly delicate matter --
Daily life --
Preparing to leave --
Crossing the atlantic --
Expatriates --
Argentina --
Existential dread --
Journey to the gold coast --
From bullfights to bandung --
Lonely outsiders --
"I am nobody" --
Stepping off this old earth.
Responsibility: Hazel Rowley.
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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  Read more...

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