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Native Son

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Native Son

by Wright, Richard

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NY: Harper & Brothers. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Dark blue cloth (appears black) stamped in red on gray. True first edition with the A-P code. Edges/points lightly rubbed/bumped, front hinge mildly starting, few minor stains. Lacking the DJ. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

Synopsis

Richard Wright’s Native Son tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty in Chicago's South Side during the 1930s. When Bigger unintentionally murders a white woman, he is put on trial and eventually convicted, and sentenced to the electric chair. Often recognized as a protest novel, Native Son stresses systemic racial issues, prompting the reader to feel both sympathy and empathy for Bigger. In this, the novel is one of the earliest successful attempts to explain the racial divide in America in terms of the conditions imposed on African-Americans by the dominant white society. Soon after publication, Native Son was selected by the Book of the Month Club as its first book by an African-American author. Indeed, the novel was an immediate best seller, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication. As a result of the novel’s success, Wright became the first bestselling and the wealthiest black writer of his time, establishing him as a spokesperson for African-American issues and, to many, the “father of Black American literature.” In 1941, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awarded Wright awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal. Unsurprisingly, Native Son was challenged in many public schools and libraries and is listed in the American Library Association's list of the “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999.” Yet most institutions in which the novel was challenged successfully fought to keep Wright's work accessible, particularly in the classroom, defending it as a guide into the reality of the complex adult and social world.   Native son is listed as 20th on the Modern Library’s list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also included in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

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Bookseller
curtis paul books inc. US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
33201
Title
Native Son
Author
Wright, Richard
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good with no dust jacket
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harper & Brothers
Place of Publication
NY
Date published
1940

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