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Native Son by  Richard Wright - Hardcover - F - from Bookbid Rare Books (SKU: 003353)

Native Son

Native Son by  Richard Wright - Hardcover - F - from Bookbid Rare Books (SKU: 003353)

Native Son

by Wright , Richard

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ISBN 10
3426015978
ISBN 13
9783426015971
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Harper and Brothers. F. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. First edition, 1940. Book near fine, except for slight wear at spine ends and corners, slight discoloration on end-papers. slight scratching on back. DJ very good, with small pieces missing at top of spine, corners, and tiny piece missing at top of back, seven pieces of tape along top and bottom of covers and spine, some rubbing and chipping at tail of spine and corners, tiny tear near top of front, slight discoloration on spine, back, and inside DJ, small piece of tape on inside DJ, slight rubbing on front.

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
Bookbid Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
003353
Title
Native Son
Author
Wright , Richard
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used
Jacket condition
Dust Jacket Included
Quantity available
1
Edition
F
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
3426015978
ISBN 13
9783426015971
Publisher
Harper and Brothers

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fine
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chipping
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rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
spine
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