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Black boy : (American hunger) : a record of childhood and youth

Richard Wright ; with a foreword by Edward P. Jones.
  • New York : HarperPerennial ModernClassics, 2006.
  • 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics ed.
  • xiv, 419, 14 pages : illustrations; 21 cm.
Also known as
  • American hunger
  • The author grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard", hanging about in taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other side by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common law. This is the author's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is an unashamed confession and a profound indictment, a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
  • Southern night
  • The horror and the glory.
Other information
  • "The restored text, established by the Library of America."
  • "Originally published in 1945 by Harper & Brothers ... The text as restored by the Library of America was published in 1991 ... First HarperPerennial edition published 1993"--T.p. verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [409]-419).
  • 9780061130243 (pbk.)
  • 0061130249 (pbk.)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2007279724
  • OCLC: 94572252
  • OCLC: 94572252