On Writing:

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all, to keep alive in our hearts a sense of the inexpressibly human.” 

 ~Richard Wright (1908-1960),  American Writer

Wright, Richard.  (1977).  American Hunger.  New York: Harper & Row.  p.135.

Who was Richard Wright?  Check out his profile in Gale Biography in Context or in Encyclopedia of African-American Writing (Credo Reference).

American Hunger is a continuation of Wright’s critically-acclaimed autobiography Black Boy, and begins with his departure for the North and subsequent experiences as a writer.  He is named “a major literary figure of the 1930s and ‘40s” and his writings described as “a departure from those of the Harlem Renaissance School” (“Richard Wright” 1993). To see titles by Richard Wright at our library, as well as critical reception and interpretation of his works, click here.

“Richard Wright.” Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 1993. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 8 May 2012. [Access through Gale Biography in Context.]


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