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Richard Wright
Examines the life and career of the 20th Centuary black American author of "Native Son".
# 22474 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | 1995 | US


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"Richard Wright was born in 1908 and died suddenly from a heart attack in 1960. His birthplace was a plantation outside Natchez, Mississippi. His father, Nathan Wright, was a sharecropper, and his mother, Ella, was a country schoolteacher. The boy grew up in one of the most poverty-stricken and rigidly segregated parts of the South, an experience that certainly marked his work as a writer. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1914 in search of better employment. Nathan then worked as a night porter in a hotel, while Ella worked as a cook for a white family. The family was left destitute when Nathan left Ella for another woman, and in 1915 Ella contracted an illness that eventually made her an invalid for the rest of he life. The family--Richard, his other and brother--moved to Jackson, Mississippi to live with Ella's mother, and later to ..."

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