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Richard Wright

By October 30, 2012

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rwrightWhen Richard Wright wrote Native Son in 1940, it was an instant success. In its first three weeks of sales, the novel sold more than 200,000 copies. Wright became the first African-American author to have a best-selling novel and to have a book-of-the-month selection.

A year later, the novel was adapted into a theatrical production and was directed by Orson Welles on Broadway. And since it's publication, it has been produced for film several times.

Yet, the power of Native Son and its protagonist, Bigger Thomas, is not that it was a best selling novel or its several adaptations. Instead, the power of the novel is in Wright's words-which consistently evoke the rage that many African-American men felt through the failures of the Great Migration.

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