Books by Richard Wright

Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"This loving, welcoming introduction to one of the most important American writers of the 20th century centers young black boys as supreme observers and interrogators of the natural wonders that surround them. (biographical note, further reading) (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Award-winning illustrator Crews breathes new life into the poetry of the late Wright, who found solace and wonder in the traditional Japanese haiku form before he died. Read full book review >
A FATHER’S LAW by Richard Wright
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"But we can understand why Julia Wright thought we needed to see it."
When Richard Wright (1908-60) died, much too young and essentially a stranger in his own country who had found a more congenial "home" in postwar Paris, he was remembered, if at all, as a transitional figure. Read full book review >
RITE OF PASSAGE by Richard Wright
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"Chronology; selected author bibliography. (Fiction/Criticism. YA+)"
In a previously unpublished story, Wright shows how a Harlem teenager is suddenly and profoundly changed by misfortune. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HUNGER by Richard Wright
Released: May 25, 1977

"The first of six unpublished works to be released by the Wright Archive Committee at Yale, this is welcome as a missing piece of the puzzle, valuable as a sequel, and impressive on its own."
This long-withheld sequel to Black Boy (1945) is an affecting, illuminating register of the evolution of Wright's artistic and political consciousness in the ten-year period just before his first books were published. Read full book review >
LAWD TODAY! by Richard Wright
Released: March 29, 1963

"A pity Mr. Wright hid this; and a greater pity he can't read the reviews he's sure to receive."
Mr. Wright's posthumous novel was writter prior to Black Boy and Native Son. Read full book review >
EIGHT MEN by Richard Wright
Released: June 15, 1960

"A powerful and disturbing book."
A haunting book in which Richard Wright tells the stories of eight Negroes, caught in the web of white civilization. Read full book review >
THE LONG DREAM by Richard Wright
Released: June 15, 1958

"Richard Wright says what he has to say, without fear or favor."
Native Son in 1940, Black Boy in 1945 — and now The Long Dream! Read full book review >
WHITE MAN, LISTEN! by Richard Wright
Released: Oct. 17, 1957

"The final section on the miracle of nationalism in the African Gold Coast is a succint presentation of the steps by which that miracle was achieved — perhaps the most exciting achievement in today's world."
The Color Curtain (World) in 1956 revealed Wright as a challenging spokesman for the colored people of Asia and Africa. Read full book review >
THE COLOR CURTAIN by Richard Wright
Released: March 19, 1956

"A personal approach- this; but a book that needs to be pondered."
Subtitled- A Report on the Bandung Conference — this is a more important book than this would seem to indicate. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 1954

"It may frighten — but it must be accepted as an important if sometimes difficult contribution."
An American Negro reports on the revolution of Africa's Gold Coast. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDER by Richard Wright
Released: March 18, 1953

"And in the end, he is trapped by the very understanding of another 'outsider' — and by the ruthlessness of the Party."
A horrifying and disturbing story, completely unrelieved and so violent in its expression, so muted in its emotions, that it leaves the reader shocked- but unmoved. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 1945

"Perhaps this will force home unpalatable facts of a submerged minority, a problem far from being faced."
This autobiography might almost be said to supply the roots to Wright's famous novel, Native Son. Read full book review >
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright
Released: Nov. 1, 1939

"A violent story, but a convincing one."
Uncle Tom's Children was a collection of novelettes; this is a full length novel by perhaps the outstanding of the young Negro fiction writers. Read full book review >
UNCLE TOM'S CHILDREN by Richard Wright
Released: March 23, 1938

"Faithful reproduction of Negro speech and thought."
Four "novellas" or long short stories, in Negro dialect, hard-clipped, dynamic, illustrating the fact of continued servitude of black to white. Read full book review >

"Gorgeous pictures beautifully produced."
An extraordinary book, a documentary record in pictures and text of the unsung millions who have come up from slavery to another form of slavery, — share cropping, tenant farming, destitution, migratory work and virtual ghettos in the large cities. Read full book review >