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Native Son : Vintage classics - Richard Wright

Native Son

Vintage classics

By: Richard Wright, Caryl Phillips (Introduction by)

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Published: 15th September 2000
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"This is Richard Wright's stark and vehement novel about a young black man who is hardened by life in the slums and whose every effort to free himself proves hopeless. Unwittingly involved in a wealthy woman's death, he is hunted relentlessly, baited by prejudiced officials, charged with murder and driven to acknowledge a strange pride in his crime. He realises his full individuality only through the confrontation of death. NATIVE SON is among the first American works of fiction to portray an existential hero in the process of self-transcendence, and is one of the last novels of the politically conscious, post-depression years."

Uncle Tom's Children was a collection of novelettes; this is a full length novel by perhaps the outstanding of the young Negro fiction writers. He writes with violence, with passion, with force. This new book is a powerful study of fear and hatred, of social forces in America today which have instilled these elements into the Negro. A convincing story of Bigger Thomas, a Chicago slum product, resentful, rebellious, ignorant, storing up fear and hatred that he must stifle daily. When he gets a job as chauffeur to some "emancipated "capitalists, his antagonism breaks out. He kills, by accident; and fear forces him to shift the blame. Another death is made necessary, he is caught and sentenced to death. A violent story, but a convincing one. (Kirkus Reviews)

ISBN: 9780099282938
ISBN-10: 0099282933
Series: Vintage classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 15th September 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1