Black Boy Author:Richard Wright In this once sensational, now classic autobiography, Richard Wright tells us with unforgettable fury and eloquence exactly what he thought and felt as a "black boy" in the Jim Crow South. Richard grew up with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and lashed out at those around him; he killed and tortured animals; at six he was a dru... more »nkard, hanging about the taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on the one side by whites who were either indifferent to him or pitying, or cruel; and on the other by Negroes who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. Wight's powerful account is at once an indictment, and unashamed confession, a poignant and disturbing record.
"...if his early years were thus doubly cruel, his experience has given his book an extra dimension, and he has observed his family and his race with the same unsparing vision that he has turned upon the white man and the world he has made." NEW REPUBLIC« less