A year after its scheduled publication as a Dodd, Mead title, this superb biography of the author of Native Son finally surfaces--under the Warner Books aegis. What we said in our 11/1/87 issue about this work by novelist (Jubilee, 1966) and scholar (English/Jackson State U.) Walker still holds tree: ""An extraordinary testament, part formal biography and part memoir. . .Erudite, conscientious, at once personal and broad-sweeping, this masterful study makes a rich contribution to our sense of Wright's place in the American literary tradition.