Autobiography/Memoir

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Black Boy

Richard Wright Wright et al.

2008

Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred and a stint in an orphanage and in kinship care. He lied, stole, and raged at those about him; at six he was a “drunkard,” hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. At the end of Black Boy, Wright sits poised with pencil in hand, determined to "hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo."