Richard Wright

1908 - 1960

Richard Wright published his first short story at the age of 16. Later on, he was employed with the Federal Writes Project. He's well known for the 1940 best seller Native Son and his autobiography he wrote in 1945, Black Boy.

'Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." "Men simply copied the realities of their hearts when they built prisons."

"God*******, look! We live here and they live there. We black and they white. They got things and we ain’t. They do things and we can’t. It’s just like living in jail.


In 1945 he published Black Boy, which was about his childhood and youth in the south. It also talks about extreme poverty and accounts of racial violence against blacks. The book advised his reputation. He was one of the first black american writer to protest white treatment of blacks. He inaugurated the tradition of protest explored by other black writers after WWII. He also wrote 5 more novels about how whites treat black.

Some pictures of Richard and his Novels