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Richard Wright
Birth: Sep. 4, 1908
Franklin County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1960
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France

Author. His powerful, eloquent work examined the injustices African-Americans face in a white society. He won immediate fame for his first novel, "Native Son" (1940). It tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a young chauffeur whose inarticulate rage over his lot ultimately erupts into violence. "Native Son" was adapted into a play directed by Orson Welles in 1941, filmed in 1951 with Wright himself playing Bigger, and again in 1986. Wright's other books include "Black Boy" (1945), an autobiography; the novels "The Outsider" (1953) and "The Long Dream" (1958); the story collections "Uncle Tom's Children" (1938) and "Eight Men" (1961); and the philosophical volumes "Black Power" (1954) and "White Man, Listen!" (1957). Richard Nathaniel Wright was born near Natchez, Mississippi. Largely self-educated, he began to write after moving to Chicago around 1927. He was a member of the Communist Party from 1932 to 1944; he later wrote of his disillusionment with that system in "The God That Failed" (1949), a collection of essays by former party members. Wright lived in Paris from 1946 until his death. A second book of memoirs, "American Hunger," was published posthumously in 1977. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
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  Ella Wilson Wright
Cimetière du Père Lachaise
City of Paris
Île-de-France, France
Plot: Division 87 (columbarium), urn 848
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Record added: Nov 11, 1998
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- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Nov. 27, 2016

- Dr Mary Ann Wimsatt
 Added: Sep. 22, 2016
It was your writing that fully opened my eyes to the horrors endured by African Americans in the 20th century. I have taught "Uncle Tom's Children," "Black Boy," and your masterpiece, "Native Son," in university literature classes. I am rarely at a loss...(Read more)
- Dr Mary Ann Wimsatt
 Added: Sep. 14, 2016
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