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Critical essays both illuminate the human spirit of Wright and convey an understanding of the writing techniques, themes, and sociological issues of . Some contemporary critics continue to explore Wright's craft, from his use of narrative structure to the influence of the blues in his work. Others focus on issues of identity, strength, and rebellion, discussing the role of racism in both Wright's journey to adulthood and his literary apprenticeship. A biography and chronology round out this collection. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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Critical essays both illuminate the human spirit of Wright and convey an understanding of the writing techniques, themes, and sociological issues of Black Boy. Some contemporary critics continue to explore Wright's craft, from his use of narrative structure to the influence of the blues in his work. Others focus on issues of identity, strength, and rebellion, discussing the role of racism in both Wright's journey to adulthood and his literary apprenticeship. A biography and chronology round out this collection. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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Sidonie Ann SmithJohn O. HodgesRalph EllisonJanice ThaddeusCharles T. DavisTimothy Dow AdamsJoseph T. Skerrett Jr.William L. AndrewsDonald B. GibsonHorace A. PorterWilliam A. ProefriedtRobert J. ButlerElizabeth CinerYoshinobu HakutaniMaryemma Graham and Jerry W. Ward Jr.Ronald R. PrimeauSidonie Ann SmithJohn O. HodgesRalph EllisonJanice ThaddeusCharles T. DavisTimothy Dow AdamsJoseph T. Skerrett Jr.William L. AndrewsDonald B. GibsonHorace A. PorterWilliam A. ProefriedtRobert J. ButlerElizabeth CinerYoshinobu HakutaniMaryemma Graham and Jerry W. Ward Jr.Ronald R. Primeau
Forewordp. 9
Introduction: Is Black Boy Really Autobiography?p. 11
Richard Wright: A Biographyp. 13
Chapter 1 Structure and Style in Black Boy
1. Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Twentieth-Century Slave Narrativep. 34
2. Narrative Structure of Black Boyp. 43
3. Richard Wright Sings the Bluesp. 55
4. Black Boy Is Incomplete Without American Hungerp. 58
5. Black Boy as Artp. 69
6. Lies in Black Boyp. 80
Chapter 2 Themes and Metaphor in Black Boy
1. Writing as Survival in Black Boyp. 92
2. Richard Wright: The Self and the Southp. 103
3. The Strength of Individual Willp. 109
4. Black Boy Is a Metaphor for the Birth of an Artistp. 113
5. The Theme of Education in Black Boyp. 124
6. The Metaphor of the Journey in Black Boyp. 131
7. The Image of the Father in Black Boyp. 141
Chapter 3 The Black Experience
1. Wright's Autobiography Becomes a Universal Story of Black Experiencep. 153
2. Black Boy Is Appropriate Reading for Young Adultsp. 162
3. Imagination Transforms Wright's Racist World in Black Boyp. 170
Chronologyp. 179
For Further Researchp. 184
Indexp. 186
Forewordp. 9
Introduction: Is Black Boy Really Autobiography?p. 11
Richard Wright: A Biographyp. 13
Chapter 1 Structure and Style in Black Boy
1. Richard Wright's Black Boy: A Twentieth-Century Slave Narrativep. 34
2. Narrative Structure of Black Boyp. 43
3. Richard Wright Sings the Bluesp. 55
4. Black Boy Is Incomplete Without American Hungerp. 58
5. Black Boy as Artp. 69
6. Lies in Black Boyp. 80
Chapter 2 Themes and Metaphor in Black Boy
1. Writing as Survival in Black Boyp. 92
2. Richard Wright: The Self and the Southp. 103
3. The Strength of Individual Willp. 109
4. Black Boy Is a Metaphor for the Birth of an Artistp. 113
5. The Theme of Education in Black Boyp. 124
6. The Metaphor of the Journey in Black Boyp. 131
7. The Image of the Father in Black Boyp. 141
Chapter 3 The Black Experience
1. Wright's Autobiography Becomes a Universal Story of Black Experiencep. 153
2. Black Boy Is Appropriate Reading for Young Adultsp. 162
3. Imagination Transforms Wright's Racist World in Black Boyp. 170
Chronologyp. 179
For Further Researchp. 184
Indexp. 186