Title Profile & Character Information

Black Boy (American Hunger)

Annotation
With an introduction by Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Black Boy is a classic of American autobiography, a subtly crafted narrative of Richard Wright's journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. An enduring story of one young man's coming off age during a particular time and place, Black Boy remains a seminal text in our history about what it means to be a man, black, and Southern in America. "Superb...The Library of America has insured that most of Wright's major texts are now available as he wanted them to be tread...Most important of all is the opportunity we now have to hear a great American writer speak with his own voice about matters that still resonate at the center of our lives." --Alfred Kazin, New York Time Book Review "The publication of this new edition is not just an editorial innovation, it is a major event in American literary history." --Andrew Delbanco, New Republic


Author Notes
  Richard Wright was born in 1908 near Roxie, Mississippi. Black Boy was originally published by Harper Brothers in 1945. Richard Wright is also the author of Native Son, The Outsider, The Long Dream and many other books. He died in 1960.
GenreNonFiction
Classic
Autobiography
Memoir
TopicsWriters
Childhood
Poverty
Hunger
African Americans
Racism
Jim Crow laws
Writers
Childhood
Poverty
Hunger
African Americans
Racism
Jim Crow laws
SettingMississippi
Memphis, Tennessee
Tennessee
Mississippi
Memphis, Tennessee
Tennessee