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January 1970
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Richard Wright
An Introduction to the Man and His Works
Brignano, Russell
The first book-length study of Richard Wright (1908–1960) gives a critical, historical, and biographical perspective on the gifted African American writer.

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Russell Carl Brignano is emeritus professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.
“Russell Brignano’s excellent and comprehensive study . . . . is dictated by what he sees as the nature of Wright’s work. Because this is of concern to historians, philosophers, and sociologists, as well as to literary critics, Mr. Brignano devotes one chapter apiece to Wright’s views in four areas: ‘race relations in America, Marxism, contemporary international affairs, and Wright’s own changing philosophical props.’ . . . No future scholar who studies Wright’s career will be able to avoid the approach outlined in this book.”—American Literature

“Russell Carl Brignano’s introduction to this volatile author and his works is, in comparison to the critiques which immediately preceded his, the most thorough and the most rewarding. “—Southwest Review

“For the reader who is already familiar with Wright’s work and life, Brignano’s is the preferable work [of those under review]. His criticism is bolder. . . . more colorful and interesting. He organizes by theme more than chronology, does less recounting of plot, and deals more with philosophical and aesthetic questions.”—Studies in the Novel

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The first book-length study of Richard Wright (1908–1960) gives a critical, historical, and biographical perspective on the gifted African American writer. It presents Wright not only as an artist whose subjects and themes were affected by his race, but also as a sensitive and talented man who was deeply immersed in the major social and intellectual movements of his day.

Brigano discusses Wright’s artistry and his major public concerns as revealed in his novels, short stories, essays, and poetry: race relations in the United States, the role of Marxism in recent history and the future, the direction of international affairs, and the modes of modern personal and social philosophies.

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