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Wright, Richard 1908-1960

Works: 1,261 works in 4,559 publications in 20 languages and 171,559 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biographies  Psychological fiction  Autobiographies  Short stories  Poetry  Bildungsromans  Pictorial works  Literature  Drama 
Subject Headings: African American authors  Authors, American  African American youth 
Roles: Author, Actor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Editor, Creator, Speaker, Performer, Other, Lyricist, Bibliographic antecedent, Honoree, Translator
Classifications: PS3545.R815, 813.52
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Native son by Richard Wright( Book )

350 editions published between 1939 and 2020 in 16 languages and held by 9,121 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 )

176 editions published between 1936 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 3,053 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 )

101 editions published between 1947 and 2021 in 5 languages and held by 2,671 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 2,350 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 )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,875 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. (Lawd today!) Lawd Today is the story of one day in the life of Jake Jackson, detailing his daily routine from dawn into the early hours of the next morning. (Uncle Tom's children) The common theme of the stories in Uncle Tom's Children is the struggle to find personal dignity in an oppressive society. (Native son) Bigger Thomas takes a job working for the wealthy Dalton family. He accidentally kills Mary Dalton, the daughter, and attempts to destroy the evidence by burning her body. (Black boy) A memoir detailing his youth in the South: Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, and his eventual move to Chicago, where he establishes his writing career and becomes involved with the Communist Party in the United States. Black Boy is a text which is meant to represent slavery and oppression from the perspective of a young boy, and Wright wrote this from the perspective of himself. (The outsider) Cross Damon's search for meaningfulness and happiness falls into five stages, omnisciently narrated in books of the novel entitled: Dread, Dream, Descent, Despair, and Decision
Eight men by Richard Wright( Book )

53 editions published between 1944 and 2021 in 8 languages and held by 1,775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Short stories
The long dream : a novel by Richard Wright( Book )

69 editions published between 1958 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Officially an undertaker, Tyree has his hand in the brothels, the dancehalls, the tenements of the ten thousand Clontonville blacks. When the trap closes in, Tyree's double personality, one for the whites and another for his own people, splits wide open
Black theater, U.S.A. : forty-five plays by Black Americans, 1847-1974 by James V Hatch( Book )

2 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 1,524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Various themes and styles are represented in this anthology of comic and tragic works by Black American playwrights
Lawd today by Richard Wright( Book )

42 editions published between 1963 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 1,518 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 )

37 editions published between 1957 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"White Man, Listen! is a collection of the best of Richard Wright's lectures on race, politics, and other matters close to the acclaimed novelist and essayist's heart, which he delivered in Europe between 1950 and 1956"--Back cover
A treasury of short stories : favorites of the past hundred years from Turgenev to Thurber, from Balzac to Hemingway ; with biographical sketches of the authors by Bernardine Kielty( Book )

1 edition published in 1947 in English and held by 1,426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of Ivan IIyich; a day in the country, two little soldiers; Quattrocentisteria; the secret sharer; the pace of youth; the coming-out of Maggie; the voice in the night; the old hunter; the doll's house; Babylon Revistied; a telephone call
Native son by Richard Wright( Recording )

57 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,241 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
Fifty years of the American short story : from the O. Henry awards, 1919-1970 by William Miller Abrahams( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selections from Prize stories
12 million black voices by Richard Wright( Book )

43 editions published between 1941 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,133 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 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. - Back cover
Haiku : this other world by Richard Wright( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 1,046 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 )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,039 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 )

16 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in English and held by 992 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
12 million black voices : a folk history of the Negro in the United States by Richard Wright( Book )

25 editions published between 1941 and 2019 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savage holiday : a novel by Richard Wright( Book )

45 editions published between 1940 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 914 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
Black power : a record of reactions in a land of pathos by Richard Wright( Book )

36 editions published between 1954 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of the African American author's trip to Africa's Gold Coast before it became the free nation of Ghana. It speaks eloquently of empowerment and responsibility, and remains a key commentary on the question of race
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Native son
Uncle Tom's childrenThe outsiderAmerican poetry : the twentieth centuryWorksEight menThe long dream : a novelLawd todayWhite man, listen!
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Raĭt, Richard 1908-1960

Raiṭ, Rits'ard 1908-1960

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