Richard Wright - Native Son - 1940

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Richard Wright - Native Son - 1940
Literature - Quantity: 1 - Dust jacket - Book

"Native Son" by Richard Wright

Harper & Brothers, NY - 1940 first American edition, first printing (with first edition on copyright page with A-P below)- with original second state dust jacket - 358p, 18cmx15cm - condition: book in good condition, with few markings on front endpaper, with unrestored dust jacket in good condition with minor chipping at edges, tape on verso.

Native Son is a novel written by the American author Richard Wright. It tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s.

While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes, Wright portrays a systemic inevitability behind them. Bigger's lawyer, Boris Max, makes the case that there is no escape from this destiny for his client or any other black American since they are the necessary product of the society that formed them and told them since birth who exactly they were supposed to be.

"No American Negro exists", James Baldwin once wrote, "who does not have his private Bigger Thomas living in his skull." Frantz Fanon discusses the feeling in his 1952 essay, L'expérience vécue du noir (The Fact of Blackness). "In the end", writes Fanon, "Bigger Thomas acts. To put an end to his tension, he acts, he responds to the world's anticipation." The book was a successful and groundbreaking best seller. However, it was also criticized by Baldwin and others as ultimately advancing Bigger as a stereotype, not a real character.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Literature
Author/ Illustrator
Richard Wright
Book Title
Native Son
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1940
Edition
1st Edition
Language
English
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Harper
Binding/ Material
Hardback
Extras
Dust jacket
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