Richard Wrights Black Boy (American Hunger): A Casebook

Paperback | May 15, 2003

EditorWilliam L. Andrews, Douglas Taylor

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This casebook gathers together the most important critical responses to Richard Wright's autobiography. It includes a 1945 interview with Richard Wright, contemporary reviews of Black Boy written by W.E.B. Du Bois, Lionel Trilling, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison, and eight critical essays.These essays address a range of topics including the circumstances of the book's original publication in 1945; the relationship between the novel and Wright's actual biography; the African-American autobiographical tradition; the influences of various writers and literary movements on Black Boy; andthe impact of African-American vernacular and oral performance on Wright's autobiography.

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This casebook gathers together the most important critical responses to Richard Wright's autobiography. It includes a 1945 interview with Richard Wright, contemporary reviews of Black Boy written by W.E.B. Du Bois, Lionel Trilling, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison, and eight critical essays.These essays address a range of topics includ...

William L. Andrews is E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Douglas Taylor is Assistant Professor of English and African American studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.79 inPublished:May 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157729

ISBN - 13:9780195157727

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IntroductionInterview1. Charles J. Rolo: This, Too, Is AmericaContemporary Critical Responses2. W.E.B. Du Bois: Richard Wright Looks Back: Harsh, Forbidding Memories of Negro Childhood and Youth3. Lionel Trilling: A Tragic Situation4. Mary McCarthy: Portrait of a Typical Negro?5. Ralph Ellison: Richard Wright's BluesScholarly and Critical Assessments6. Janice Thaddeus: The Metamorphosis of Richard Wright's Black Boy7. Charles T. Davis: From Experience to Eloquence: Richard Wright's Black Boy as Art8. Robert B. Stepto: Literacy and Assent: Richard Wright's Black Boy9. John O. Hodges: An Apprenticeship to Life and Art: Narrative Design in Wright's Black Boy10. Yoshinobu Hakutani: Creation of the Self in Richard Wright's Black Boy11. Jennifer H. Poulos: "Shouting Curses": The Politics of "Bad" Language in Richard Wright's Black Boy12. Timothy Adams: Richard Wright: "Wearing the Mask"13. Horace A. Porter: The Horror and the Glory: Richard Wright's Portrait of the Artist in Black Boy and American HungerSuggested Reading