Richard Wright Revisited: A Collection of HBW Posts on Wright

[By Kenton Rambsy]
The success of Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940) catapulted him to international success. Native Son has been credited as being
one of the first most successful protest novels by in American literary
history. The novel immediately became a best seller with over 250, 000 copies
of the book sold with the first month of its release.

Beyond Native Son,
Wright has an extensive body of work ranging from short stories, poetry, and
essays. His autobiography Black Boy also
joins the train of autobiographical works by black men (Consider Frederick
Douglass, Booker T. Washington, etc.) that seek to expose and to highlight the
tense political, and racial negotiations black men have make when navigating
the American social terrain.
For the HBW, Richard Wright has been a major focus. Two
summers ago, the HBW hosted a NEH funded institute, “Making the Wright Connection,” where we pushed for more integration of Wright in secondary
education. Also, for our literary blog, Wright has been the inspiration for
many posts.
Below, I have provided a recap of significant posts on
Richard Wright over the past year.