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Native Son

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Native Son

by Richard Wright

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1987 BOMC Reprint of the acclaimed 1940 novel about a young 20 year old black man growing up in depression era Chicago. Upon reading his novel the Guggenheim committee awarded Wright a Fellowship. The original BOMC introductory inset is included. Sound binding with edgewear. Book top edge damp staining. Jacket is faded with edge chipping now protected in mylar cover. 359p + 10p BOMC insert.

Synopsis

Richard Wright’s Native Son tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty in Chicago's South Side during the 1930s. When Bigger unintentionally murders a white woman, he is put on trial and eventually convicted, and sentenced to the electric chair. Often recognized as a protest novel, Native Son stresses systemic racial issues, prompting the reader to feel both sympathy and empathy for Bigger. In this, the novel is one of the earliest successful attempts to explain the racial divide in America in terms of the conditions imposed on African-Americans by the dominant white society. Soon after publication, Native Son was selected by the Book of the Month Club as its first book by an African-American author. Indeed, the novel was an immediate best seller, selling 250,000 hardcover copies within three weeks of its publication. As a result of the novel’s success, Wright became the first bestselling and the wealthiest black writer of his time, establishing him as a spokesperson for African-American issues and, to many, the “father of Black American literature.” In 1941, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awarded Wright awarded the prestigious Spingarn Medal. Unsurprisingly, Native Son was challenged in many public schools and libraries and is listed in the American Library Association's list of the “Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999.” Yet most institutions in which the novel was challenged successfully fought to keep Wright's work accessible, particularly in the classroom, defending it as a guide into the reality of the complex adult and social world.   Native son is listed as 20th on the Modern Library’s list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also included in TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).

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Details

Bookseller
Botany Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
BB000000456
Title
Native Son
Author
Richard Wright
Format/binding
Glued
Book condition
Used - Good+
Jacket condition
Very Good-
Quantity available
1
Edition
BOMC
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Harpers
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1987
Keywords
social injustice, prejudice, poverty
Bookseller catalogs
African American Studies; 20th Century Literature;

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Glossary

Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

jacket
Sometimes used as another term for dust jacket, a protective and often decorative wrapper, usually made of paper which wraps...[more]
BOMC
Book-of-the-Month Club These are popular books republished and sold at a discounted price by one of these many clubs, the...[more]
reprint
Any printing of a book which follows the original edition. By definition, a reprint is not a first edition.
chipping
A defect in which small pieces are missing from the edges; fraying or small pieces of paper missing the edge of a paperback, or...[more]

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