Richard Wright

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America's greatest and most influential authors developed their passion for writing due to cataclysmic events that affected their life immensely. The ardent author Richard Wright shared similar characteristics to the many prominent American authors, and in fact, attained the title of most well-known black author of America. Richard Wright created many important pieces of literature, that would impact America's belief of racial segregation, and further push the boundaries of his controversial beliefs and involvements in several communist clubs. Wright's troubled past begins as a sharecropper while only a child. His childhood remained dark and abandoned. Richard Wright's father left him and his mother while he was only a child. The several episodes of dereliction resulted in the brief introduction of the orphanage. Subsequently his mother grew ill, and he lived with his grandmother whom treated him with brutality. Shortly after, he began a journey of rebirth and renewal, from the discriminant south to an opportunistic Chicago 1927. At this point in time, Wright began to develop his works through study and reading. His many jobs gave him the wealth and experience, along with many hardships and personal encounters to write about. Therefore, in his newfound love for literature and writing, he began to establish a firm foundation for himself by publishing an increasingly large amount of poetry and writing the early versions of Lawd Today and Tarbaby's Dawn. However, his name did not only attract those who wanted to appreciate a modern style of literature that would shake that grounds of racial distortion, but also attract the prying eyes of the public whom viewed his involvements in the Communist clubs, such as the Chicago John Reed... ... middle of paper ... ...the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. The continuation of his success revealed his true reason for awards and acclamation could be found in his constant development of writing books and novels. These novels that Wright feverishly worked on were intended to follow the release of Native Son. However, due to his popularity of Native Son, he began to work with another individual by the name of Paul Green in order to produce different forms of his writing. Soon he would publish the stage performance variant. Although not as popular as the novel variant, the stage edition remained a hit with his supporters and audience. As Wright grew with age, he began to settle down and in March 1941 married Ellen Poplar. During his phase which allowed him to partake in various other forms of literature he eventually finished his draft of “American Hunger.”

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