Wright, Richard

About Richard Wright

Biography (Poetry Foundation)

Biography (biography.com)

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Biography (The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education)

Menand, Louis. “The Hammer and the Nail.” New Yorker, 20 Jul. 1992

Kinnamon, Keneth. Richard Wright : An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism and Commentary, 1983-2003, 2006

Richard Wright: Black Boy (1995)



Brown, Kevin. “Both Boy and Man; Neither Boy Nor Man: Liminality in Richard Wright’s The Man Who Was Almost a Man.” Midwest Quarterly, vol. 60, no. 4, 2019

Worthington, Becca. “Seeing into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright.” Booklist, vol. 114, no. 11, 2018

Howerton, Phillip. “The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku.” Arkansas Review, vol. 44, no. 2, 2013

Joyce, Joyce Ann. “Richard Wright’s A Father’s Law: Intellectual Growth and Literary Vision.” Drumvoices Revue, vol. 16, no. 1/2, 2008

Atteberry, Jeffrey. “The Death-Bound-Subject: Richard Wright’s Archaeology of Death.” Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 52, no. 3, 2006

Young, Robert. “The Politics of Reading Richard Wright: Black Boy as Ideological Critique.” Western Journal of Black Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, 2005

Rogers, Michael. “Uncle Tom’s Children.” Library Journal, vol. 129, no. 8, 2004

Tynan, Laurie. “Native Son.” Library Journal, vol. 114, no. 20, 1989



With Kinnamon, Keneth, and Michel Fabre. Conversations with Richard Wright, 1993



McMillan, Bo. “Richard Wright and the Black Metropolis: From the Great Migration to the Urban Planning Novel.” American Literature, vol. 92, no. 4, 2020

McCann, Bryan J. “Dialoging with Bigger Thomas: A Reception History of Richard Wright’s Native Son.” Advances in the History of Rhetoric, vol. 22, no. 1, 2019

Fabre, Michel. “Richard Wright: The Man Who Lived Underground.” Studies in the Novel, vol. 51, no. 1, 2019

Ramsey, Joseph G. “Lunacy and the Left: Learning from Richard Wright’s Lost Confessions.” Cultural Logic, vol. 23, 2019

Gordon, Jane Anna, and Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh. The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance, 2018

Karem, Jeff. “‘The Deeper South’?: Richard Wright and His Conflicted Views on the Caribbean.” Southern Quarterly, vol. 55, no. 4, 2018

Glotzer, Anna. “Richard Wright’s Native Son and Paul Robeson’s Othello: Representations of Black Masculinity in Contemporary Adaptations of Othello.” The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, vol. 51, no. 2, 2018

Soto, Isabel. “Black Atlantic (Dis)Entanglements: Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, and Spain.” Zeitschrift Für Anglistik Und Amerikanistik, vol. 65, no. 2, 2017

Armengol, Josep M. “Blacks as 'America’s Jews'? Revisiting Black–Jewish Relations in Richard Wright’s Native Son.” Critique, vol. 58, no. 5, 2017

Ryan, Melissa. “Dangerous Refuge: Richard Wright and the Swimming Hole.” African American Review, vol. 50, no. 1, 2017

Stiepanow, Justyna. “Between Lawfulness and Lawlessness: The Conceptual Boundary Between the System and the Individual in Richard Wright’s Native Son.” Beyond Philology, vol. 14, no. 2, 2017

Taylor, Jack. “The Political Subjection of Bigger Thomas: The Gaze, Biopolitics, and The Court of Law in Richard Wright’s Native Son.” CR, vol. 16, no. 2, 2016



Autobiography/Life Writing

American Hunger (1977)

Pagan Spain (1957)

Black Boy (1945)

The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch (1937)



A Father’s Law (2008)

Lawd Today (1963)

The Long Dream (1958)

Savage Holiday (1954)

The Outsider (1953)

Native Son (1940)


Short Story Collections

Eight Men (1961)

The Man Who Lived Underground (1942)

Uncle Tom’s Children (1938)


Poetry Collections

Haiku: This Other World (1998)



With John Green: Native Son (1941)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Rite of Passage (1994)

White Man, Listen! (1957)

The Color Curtain (1956)

“I Choose Exile.” The Writer’s Presence, Atwan and McQuade (eds.), 1951

Introduction to Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City (1945)

12 Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States (1941)



Johnson, Rashid (dir.). Native Son, 2019

Barclay, Paris et al. (dir.). America’s Dream, 1996

Sussfeld, Jean-Claude (dir.). La passerelle, 1988

Freedman, Jerrold (dir.). Native Son, 1986

Lathan, Stan (dir.). Almos‘ a Man, 1976

Del Villar, Fransisco (dir.). Domingo salvaje, based on Savage Holiday, 1967

Chenal, Pierre (dir.). Native Son, 1951