Facts about Richard Wright

Richard Wright died at 52 years old
Best known as: Author of Native Son

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Richard Wright Biography

Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son was a best-seller and is still considered a classic of modern American literature.

One of the most influential African-American writers of the 20th century, Wright grew up in Mississippi and Tennessee, then ended up in Chicago at the age of 19.

Self-educated, he turned to writing poetry and short stories.

He received critical attention for his first book, Uncle Tom’s Children (1938).

After World War II Wright, disillusioned with race relations in the U.S., settled permanently in France.

His other works include Black Boy (1945), The Outsider (1953) and a posthumously published collection of stories, Eight Men (1960).


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