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Richard Wright Biography, Age, Career, Family, Net worth, Death (1908–1960)

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Richard Wright Biography, Age, Career, Family, Net worth, Death (1908–1960)

Richard Wright was an African American writer and poet who published his first short story at the age of 16. He later took a job at the Federal Writers Project and received reviews for Uncle Tom’s Children, a four-story collection. He is known for his bestseller, The Native Son of 1940, and his autobiography Black Boy of 1945.

Richard Wright Early Life

Richard Nathaniel Wright was born on September 4, 1908, in Roxie, Mississippi. The grandson of a slave and a landscaper son, Wright, was raised primarily by his mother, a caring woman who became a single mother after her husband left the family when Wright was five years old.

A student in Jackson, Mississippi, only Wright was able to get a ninth-grade education, but he was an avid reader and proved from the start that he was a word expert. When he was 16, his story was published in a South African newspaper, which is an encouraging sign for prospects.

After leaving school, Wright did several odd jobs and hobbies in American literature. Following his literary interests, Wright even went so far as to falsify notes so that he could revise books on the booklet of a white colleague because blacks were not authorized to use the public libraries of Memphis.



Richard Wright Career

Chicago, New York, and the Communist Party In 1927 Wright finally left the south and moved to Chicago, where he worked in the post office and also cleaned the streets. Like many Americans living with depression, Wright fell victim to poverty.

Along the way, his frustration with American capitalism led him to join the Communist Party in 1932. When he could, Wright continued to browse books and write. He eventually joined the Federal Writers Project, and in 1937, dreaming of doing it as a writer moved to New York, where he was told he had a better chance of being published.

After living mainly in Mexico from 1940 to 1946, Wright was disappointed by the Communist Party and White America to have gone to Paris, where he lived the rest of his life as an immigrant. He continued to write novels, including “Outsider” (1953) and “The Long Dream” (1958), and non-fiction films, such as Black Power (1954) and White Man, Listen! (1957)

Richard Wright Death

Richard Wright died of a heart attack on November 28, 1960, in Paris, France. His naturalistic fiction no longer has the position he once loved, but his life and his works remain exemplary.

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