Next Up: Native Son

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I’m eager to dive into Native Son, as I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

Written by Richard Wright, the novel is widely regarded as the preeminent African-American work of fiction in the 20th century.

Native Son is referred to as a protest novel—one that intends to highlight the social injustice and racial inequality in America in the 1930s. The book tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a poor African-American in the Chicago ghetto who accidentally kills a white woman.

A few facts about the novel and Richard Wright:

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  1. I read this when I was about 15 and it had a profound effect on me. Probably the first time I had any concept of what prejudice can do. Hope you enjoy


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