“A novel of tremendous power and beauty”
First edition of the author’s magnum opus; one of the most powerful protest novels ever published on the African American condition in America. Blockson 101: “Native Son created a sensation when it appeared in 1940, it was Wright’s most significant work of fiction and catapulted him into national fame. The book is a shattering portrait of Bigger Thomas, the protagonist, who is a product of racism and oppression. The novel takes its readers through treacherous corridors of violence and retribution as its reflects much of the unrest in the American racial system.” Andrews, Foster, Harris: “Richard Wright’s influence on American literature is nearly inestimable. He demonstrated for the first time that an African American could indeed be a major writer of international fame and stature. He modeled possibilities hitherto not seen or known for African American writers [...] many seem him as among the greatest writers of the century.” A desirable copy.
Description: Native Son.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1940. First Edition. First state binding in first issue dust jacket, not price-clipped. Cloth. Octavo. Fine in a very good or better unrestored dust jacket. A very few small closed tears; light soil and light spotting to slightly-sunned spine with small chip at base costing one letter; rear panel has mild soiling.
Blockson 156: “A novel of tremendous power and beauty, Native Son ranks with such great American novels as An American Tragedy and The Grapes of Wrath.” Blockson Collection 5938. Whiteman, p48: “The most articulate expression of the psychological problems which lead to violence and brutality yet to be put into the form of a novel.” Ref. Oxford Companion to African American Literature.