Books by Richard Wright

A FATHER’S LAW by Richard Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION
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In a previously unpublished story, Wright shows how a Harlem teenager is suddenly and profoundly changed by misfortune.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"The first of six unpublished works to be released by the Wright Archive Committee at Yale, this is welcome as a missing piece of the puzzle, valuable as a sequel, and impressive on its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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
HISTORY
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
HISTORY
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 >
BLACK POWER by Richard Wright
SOCIAL SCIENCES
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
BLACK BOY by Richard Wright
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
12 MILLION BLACK VOICES by Richard Wright
HISTORY

"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 >