• 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
  • A compelling indictment of life in the Deep South between the wars

    Daily Telegraph
  • "An angry chronicle of a bright black rebel growing up in the Jim Crow southlands: a landmark in the literature of Black America"

    The Times

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