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Later Works: Black Boy [American Hunger]/The Outsider (Library of America #56)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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Hardcover, 887 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Library of America
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Ronald Wise
This volume contained two books — the autobiography Black Boy American Hunger), and the novel The Outsider. Both were very well written and a rather strange juxtaposition, as there was a lot of overlap between the autobiographical author in the first, and the fictional Cross Damon in the second, though Damon had some negative qualities to distinguish him. In both books I found the 1950s discourse about Communism extremely interesting. This book was added to my reading list with all the author's ...more
I read the second half of Wright's autobiography here and promptly ordered the book, since I want to re-read the unedited version of Black Boy more carefully. This should be a classic. Many of Wright's observations seem prophetic to me, given what we are seeing in the US political climate now.
Haven't read The Outsider yet but I'm anticipating...
The first half of Black Boy merits four stars, but Wright loses the plot to his autobiography after he moves to Chicago.
Renita Johnson
Back in the day black folk was on da struggle foreal!!!
Hard Core coming of age in an ugly time.
Aug 31, 2008 Tswarelo rated it 5 of 5 stars
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a beautiful autobiography. a must read
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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.

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