Black Boy

Black Boy

By Richard Nathaniel Wright

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061130243, 448pp.

Publication Date: April 2007


Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot.

Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.

About the Author
Richard Wright was born in 1908 in rural Mississippi and died in Paris in 1960. His Native Son and Black Boy are best-selling American classics. His other books include The Outsider, Black Power, and White Man, Listen!