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Black Boy , autobiography by Richard Wright , published in and considered to be one of his finest works. The book is sometimes considered a fictionalized autobiography or an autobiographical novel because of its use of novelistic techniques. When the work was first published, many white critics viewed Black Boy primarily as an attack on racist Southern white society. Black Boy. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
Your browser doesn't support HTML5 audio. Here is a link to download the audio instead. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment--a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering. When Black Boy exploded onto the literary scene in , it caused a sensation. Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. 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. At the end of Black Boy , Wright sits poised with pencil in hand, determined to "hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo. We'd love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. The broadest selection of online bookstores. The links will take you to the Website's homepage.
In each chapter, Richard relates painful and confusing memories that lead to a better understanding of the man a black, Southern, American writer who eventually emerges. Although Richard, as the narrator, maintains an adult voice throughout the story, each chapter is told from the perspective and knowledge that a child might possess. Yet, because the narrative is told with such force and honesty, the reliability of Richard's memories is not questioned. By the story's end, as Richard comes of age, the voice of the narrator and of the nineteen-year-old young man he has become merge into one.