Reviews

  • "Before he was 40, Wright dominated literary America, publishing four books in seven years, each a triumph in its genre. His first novel, Native Son (1940), sold at the rate of 2,000 copies a day, making Wright the first best-selling black writer in the country's history. Black Boy (1945), his memoir of his Southern childhood, was a bigger success, selling more than a half-million copies."

    New York Times
  • "Richard Wright's Native Son is, in addition to being a masterpiece, a Great American Novel"

    Guardian
  • "Unsettling urban violence from the man who was Mosley's inspiration"

    The Times
  • "Native Son is the story of a young black man who kills two white women; and it was the first book - published in 1940 - to suggest that black Americans could actually get angry. When it came out, it beat The Grapes of Wrath in the best-seller lists"

    Independent