The Long Dream (Paperback)

By Richard Nathaniel Wright, Keneth Kinnamon (Foreword by)

Northeastern University Press, 9781555534233, 384pp.

Publication Date: March 16, 2000



Now available in a new edition. Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Long Dream is a novel rich in characterization and plot that dramatizes Richard Wright's themes of oppression, exploitation, corruption, and flight. It is the story of Fishbelly (called Fish), the son of Tyree Tucker, a prominent black mortician and owner of a brothel whose wealth and power were attained by forging business arrangements with corrupt white police officers and politicians. The riveting narrative centers on the explosive and tragic events that shape and alter the relationship between Fish and his father.

About the Author

RICHARD WRIGHT (1908-1960) was born on a plantation in Roxie, Mississippi, and lived in the South until 1927, when he moved to Chicago. He later resided in New York City, and died in Paris as an expatriate. Among his many works are Native Son, Black Boy, The Outsider, Savage Holiday, and Lawd Today!