Chapter 30. Richard Wright

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Tara T. Green Associate Professor Director

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch30

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Green, T. T. (2009) Richard Wright, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch30

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108



  • Richard Wright (1908–1960) - world-renowned author in Paris;
  • observations of Christian practices, the black poor, gender roles, and failed politics;
  • In Black Boy - using hunger as symbol for paternal loss;
  • Wright describing feelings of “dread” - with regard to instability he and his brother faced;
  • Wright portraying himself in Black Boy - man in pursuit of intellectual engagements;
  • Wright's appeal to black Christians - a technique developed in Uncle Tom's Children (1938);
  • Wright's fiction - reflecting excitement stirred by Communism to disenfranchised blacks of South;
  • The Long Dream (1958), a father attempting to foster his son's transition into manhood in Mississippi;
  • Wright's novels - focusing on black men struggling with paternal feelings


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  • References and Further Reading