“Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” ― Richard Wright, Native Son K. Melvin TAG: Native Son
TAG T: Native Son A: Richard Wright G: Novel
About the Author • Richard Wright was born September 4, 1908 in Roxie, Mississippi (near Natchez). • He was a novelist, short-story author • Wright, Richard (4 Sept. 1908-28 Nov. 1960), author, was born Richard Nathaniel Wright on Rucker's Plantation, between Roxie and Natchez, Mississippi, the son of Nathaniel Wright, an illiterate sharecropper, and Ella Wilson, a schoolteacher.
Famous Works • (1940) Native Son • Black Boy (1945)
Background Info. • In Native Son, Wright presents his guilt-of-the-nation thesis. • His main character, Bigger Thomas, is a nineteen-year-old edgy small-time criminal from Chicago's South Side ghetto. • The novel races with no stops in between the three parts: Book I, Fear; Book II, Flight; and Book III, Fate
Your Responsibility • Your Novel • Reading Log • Reading Journal • Mini-Projects and Mini-Quizzes • Test • Major Project