Annotations for Native Son


Baker & Taylor
In the powerful classic novel that captures the poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that exist in American society, the negative forces of a white world close around Bigger Thomas, who discovers a distorted freedom in acts of violence and murder. Reprint.

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the fall of a young Black man in 1930s Chicago as his life loses all hope of redemption after he kills a white woman

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HARPERCOLL
With an introduction by Arnold Rampersad

"The Library of America has insured that most of Wright's major texts are now available as he wanted them to be read."
--Alfred Kazin, New York Times Book Review

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny: by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection of the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

"This new edition gives us a Native Son in which the key line in the key scene is restored to the great good fortune of American letters. The scene as we now have it is central both to an ongoing conversation among African-American writers and critics and to the consciousness among all American readers of what it means to live in a multi-racial society in which power splits among racial lines."
--Jack Miles, Los Angeles Times


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