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Wright, Richard 1908-1960

Works: 1,015 works in 3,103 publications in 8 languages and 152,344 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Short stories  Suspense fiction  Poetry  Juvenile works  Domestic fiction 
Subject Headings: African American authors  Authors, American  African American youth 
Roles: Actor, Author of introduction, Creator, Performer, Editor, Speaker, Lyricist, Honoree
Classifications: PS3545.R815, 813.52
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Native son by Richard Wright( Book )
233 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 8,848 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, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection of the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America
The outsider by Richard Wright( Book )
67 editions published between 1947 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 2,753 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
Uncle Tom's children by Richard Wright( Book )
92 editions published between 1936 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,601 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
American poetry : the twentieth century by The Library of America( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2,384 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
12 million black voices by Richard Wright( Book )
47 editions published between 1941 and 2008 in English and held by 2,099 libraries worldwide
Eight men by Richard Wright( Book )
43 editions published between 1944 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,971 libraries worldwide
Tells the stories of a young farm worker deep in debt, a flood, murder, a fugitive, exile, and a railroad porter
[Works] by Richard Wright( Book )
8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,919 libraries worldwide
The story of Wright's account of his struggle to escape a life of poverty, ignorance, and fear in his native South
The long dream; a novel by Richard Wright( Book )
51 editions published between 1958 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,607 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 )
33 editions published between 1963 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,561 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."--P. [4] of cover
White man, listen! by Richard Wright( Book )
27 editions published between 1957 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,554 libraries worldwide
Native son by Richard Wright( Sound Recording )
25 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic Content and held by 1,472 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
Richard Wright reader by Richard Wright( Book )
9 editions published between 1978 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,452 libraries worldwide
Black Boy (excerpt) -- Joe Louis Uncovers Dynamite -- Blueprint for Negro Writing -- Letters: Richard Wright/Burton Rascoe -- Richard Wright/David L. Cohn -- Richard Wright/Antonio Frasconi -- Review: Wars I Have Seen / Gertrude Stein -- There's Always Another Cafe -- Black Power (excerpt) -- Pagan Spain (excerpt) -- 12 Million Black Voices -- Poetry: I Have Seen Black Hands -- Between the World and Me -- Red Clay Blues -- The FB Eye Blues -- Haikus -- Long Black Song -- Fire and Cloud -- Lawd Today (excerpt) -- Native Son (excerpt) -- The Man Who Lived Underground -- The Outsider (excerpt) -- Savage Holiday (excerpt) -- Big Black Good Man -- The Long Dream (excerpt) -- Chronology -- Bibliography
A father's law by Richard Wright( Book )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,111 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
Haiku : this other world by Richard Wright( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,063 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
Rite of passage by Richard Wright( Book )
12 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 1,060 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
The color curtain; a report on the Bandung Conference. Foreword by Gunnar Myrdal by Richard Wright( Book )
32 editions published between 1955 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 959 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 power; a record of reactions in a land of pathos by Richard Wright( Book )
27 editions published between 1954 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 872 libraries worldwide
Savage holiday : a novel by Richard Wright( Book )
25 editions published between 1954 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 860 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
Native son ( visu )
16 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 363 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
Uncle Tom's children, five long stories by Richard Wright( Book )
23 editions published between 1936 and 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 362 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Raĭt, Richard, 1908-1960
Raiṭ, Rits'ard, 1908-1960
Rāyt, Rīšārd, 1908-1960
Wright, Richard Nathaniel, 1908-1960
Райт, Ричард, 1908-1960
רייט, ריצ׳רד
רייט, ריצ׳רד, 1908־1960
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