Richard Wright (author)

American writer (1908-1960)

Richard Nathaniel Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an American author best known for his novels that talk about the discrimination and violence experienced by many African Americans of the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Literary critics believe his work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century.[1]

Richard Wright
Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
Wright in a 1939 photograph by Carl Van Vechten
BornRichard Nathaniel Wright
(1908-09-04)September 4, 1908
Plantation, Roxie, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 1960(1960-11-28) (aged 52)
Paris, France
  • Novelist
  • poet
  • essayist
  • short story writer
GenreDrama, fiction, non-fiction, autobiography
Notable worksUncle Tom's Children, Native Son, Black Boy, The Outsider
  • Dhimah Rose Meidman
    (m. 1939; div. 1940)
  • Ellen Poplar (m. 1941)

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