With an introduction by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Black Boy is a classic of American autobiography, a subtly crafted narrative of Richard Wright's journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. An enduring story of one young man's coming off age during a particular time and place, Black... show more
With an introduction by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Black Boy is a classic of American autobiography, a subtly crafted narrative of Richard Wright's journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. An enduring story of one young man's coming off age during a particular time and place, Black Boy remains a seminal text in our history about what it means to be a man, black, and Southern in America. "Superb...The Library of America has insured that most of Wright's major texts are now available as he wanted them to be tread...Most important of all is the opportunity we now have to hear a great American writer speak with his own voice about matters that still resonate at the center of our lives."--Alfred Kazin, New York Time Book Review "The publication of this new edition is not just an editorial innovation, it is a major event in American literary history." --Andrew Delbanco, New Republic
Publish date: September 1998
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
“Our too-young and too-new America, lusty because it is lonely, aggressive because it is afraid, insists upon seeing the world in terms of good and bad, the holy and the evil, the high and the low, the white and the black; our America is frightened of fact, of history, of processes, of necessity. It...
I liked this book more than I expected I would. I would of given it 5 stars, if part 2 was as good as part 1.
i hate that this is our history, and that it reflects far too much of our current attitudes as well (which is why i can't seem to read enough about this issue). i thought the stuff about communism was particularly interesting as it was entirely new information, and pretty fascinating.
This was a difficult book to read. Not because of the writing, the writing was excellent. But because of the subject matter. I don't think I realized quite how bad things were in the south for our black brothers and sisters. I've read Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an...
I know this sounds sort of twisted but the first chapter was hysterically funny. Okay, what kind of child burns down his house before his teen delinquent career even began? I've only read up to part one of Black Boy but one day, I'll finish the rest when I get the book.