Richard Wright

Paul Robeson 1908-1960
Birthplace: Roxie, MS

In 1927, after years of family movements through the South, Richard Wright moved to Chicago, where he worked in the post office. He used the experience in his novel Lawd Today! He began his writing career publishing poetry and short stories in magazines such as Left Front, Anvil, and New Masses. He achieved international acclaim with the success of Uncle Tom's Children in 1938 and Native Son in 1940. As a result of continued racism in America, Wright decided to move to France in 1947. While there, he traveled extensively. In 1959, Wright made plans to move with his family to England; while Wright was delayed by visa problems, his family traveled ahead – sadly, he died in France before he could join them.

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Richard Wright: Black Boy
A teacher's guide to Black Boy .

The Mississippi Writers Page: Richard Wright
Additional biographical information about Wright.

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