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Publisher Description

“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

This edition of Native Son includes an essay by Wright titled, How "Bigger" was Born, along with notes on the text.

Fiction & Literature
June 16
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

shildebrandt10 ,

Causes some internal thinking

Be forewarned, this book will cause some provocative thinking and re-evaluation of society. Also, any relationship one has will be questioned and how people interact with each other.

Raquel Pinto Aguilar ,

Blew me away!

I read this book for summer reading, and let me tell you that I usually do not enjoy reading. However, I LOVED this book! It is such a good book and I did not want to put it down. I recommend it for people who like suspense!

CharlatanUK ,

A Very Good Book Marred By Poor Editing

While the novel itself does an admirable job taking the reader into the a world of perpetual and dehumanising hate, the number of incorrectly used homonyms that end up here is ridiculous. Publishers: you have very little to do in order to make money on ebooks, so the least you can do is hire people who can proofread.

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