The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright -

The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright


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Hailed as 'the father of black literature in the twentieth century', Richard Wright was an iconoclast, an intellectual of towering stature, whose multidisciplinary erudition rivals only that of W. E. B. Du Bois. This collection captures Wright's immense power, which has made him a beacon for writers across decades, from the civil rights era to today. Individual essays examine Wright's art as central to his intellectual life and shed new light on his classic texts - Native Son and Black Boy. Other essays turn to his short fiction, and non-fiction as well as his lesser-known work in journalism and poetry, paying particular attention to manuscripts in Wright's archive - unpublished letters and novels, plans for multivolume works - that allow us to see the depth and expansiveness of his aesthetic and political vision. Exploring how Wright's expatriation to France facilitated a broadening of this vision, contributors challenge the idea that expatriation led to Wright's artistic decline.

Product code: 9781108469234

ISBN 9781108469234
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW151xS15
No. Of Pages 264
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Companions to Literature
This Companion will be used in undergraduate and graduate courses on African American studies and American literature. It will appeal to those wishing to examine black literature in relationship to a variety of disciplines - including psychology, political science, sociology and philosophy - and anyone interested in the relationship between art and social change.