Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Early Works: Lawd Today! / Uncle Tom's Children / Native Son” as Want to Read:
Early Works: Lawd Today! / Uncle Tom's Children / Native Son
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Early Works: Lawd Today! / Uncle Tom's Children / Native Son

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Native Son and Black Boy are classics of twentieth-century American literature—and yet the novel and memoir known to millions of readers are in fact revised and abbreviated versions of the books Richard Wright wrote. This two-volume Library of America edition presents for the first time Wright’s major works in the form in which he intended them to be read. The authoritativ ...more
Hardcover, 936 pages
Published 1991 by Library of America
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Early Works, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Early Works

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Greg Brozeit
Richard Wright was a master of describing the tragedy of the historical black American experience in stark and uncompromising terms. His early works are not light reading, but some exposure to his writing should be required of all Americans, especially younger ones. It might do something to remedy the legacy of American racism that we can’t seem to escape. This is the twentieth volume of the Library of America series I have read until now and it may well be the most profound.

Native Son, the fina
May 04, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing
Pulp fiction with an agenda from a master stylist.
Madeline Knight-Dixon
Oct 09, 2012 Madeline Knight-Dixon rated it really liked it
The one thing that you must be aware of before you embark on any of Wright’s work is that it is violent. I don’t mean a little bit of vague reference to a lynching, but gruesome, uncomfortable, detailed descriptions of the most horrible things you can imagine happened to southern black people. There were moments where the language alone made me want to throw up, so be warned.

That being said, he’s one of the MOST important black writers of the 20th century. He doesn’t pander to a white audience,
Martin Bihl
Feb 22, 2011 Martin Bihl rated it liked it
Years ago I read Wright's Uncle Tom's Children, Native Son, Black Boy and The Outsider, and even waded through a long biography of him - but I never could find a copy of Lawd Today, his first work, which remained unpublished until after his death.

What a pleasant surprise, then, to find it here. And even more pleasant, and frankly, surprising, was how good it was. Yes, there are places where it drags (I'm thinking of the play-by-play description of the Bridge game in part one for example - I don'
Ronald Wise
Jul 22, 2011 Ronald Wise rated it it was amazing
It is a compilation of Wright's earliest works, including Native Son which I skipped over, having recently read it as a stand-alone book. The remainder of this volume contained the truest versions which could be found of his novel Lawd Today! and his anthology Uncle Tom's Children. Uncle Tom's Children was thoroughly depressing and aggravating — Lawd Today! provided a little more hope in its northern Chicago setting, but was still quite dismal. Wonderfully written descriptions of the African-Ame ...more
Drew Nickerson
Jan 13, 2010 Drew Nickerson rated it it was ok
I read Uncle toms Children and Native son. In Uncle Toms Children the book started off slow then picked up a bit, but for the most part these books really didn't catch my interest.
Elaine rated it it was amazing
Apr 29, 2008
Brian rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2008
Valjeanne Jeffers
Valjeanne Jeffers rated it it was amazing
Sep 19, 2010
Terri rated it really liked it
Dec 24, 2009
Katharine rated it liked it
Apr 05, 2013
Akon rated it really liked it
May 24, 2009
Karen rated it really liked it
Oct 07, 2007
Ben rated it really liked it
Apr 29, 2008
Tiffany Moore
Tiffany Moore rated it did not like it
Aug 09, 2015
Lisa rated it it was amazing
Jul 17, 2012
Dl rated it it was amazing
Sep 30, 2014
Morgan McGuire
Morgan McGuire rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2008
Kmkoppy rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2014
Joseph rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2008
Eric rated it really liked it
Oct 03, 2009
Karen rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2015
Demetrice Worley
Demetrice Worley rated it liked it
Sep 12, 2008
Clare rated it liked it
Apr 30, 2007
James Violand
James Violand rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2011
Camiba rated it really liked it
Jun 28, 2010
Will rated it it was amazing
Jul 08, 2015
Craig Cunningham
Craig Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Jan 23, 2011
Pat rated it liked it
Feb 19, 2011
Salihu Mukarram
Salihu Mukarram rated it it was amazing
Mar 19, 2014
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Richard Nathaniel Wright was an African-American author of powerful, sometimes controversial novels, short stories and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerned racial themes. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.
More about Richard Wright...

Share This Book