Native Son

by Richard Wright

1940

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Publication

Harper & Brothers 4th edtion so stated (1940), Edition: 4th Edition-spelled out on history page 1940 on ti

Description

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.

Original publication date

1940
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