|*Author: Wright, Richard *Publication Date: 2008/05/01 *Number of Pages: 242 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
|From the Publisher:
Here, in these powerful stories, Richard Wright takes readers into this landscape once again.
Each of the eight stories in Eight Men focuses on a black man at violent odds with a white world, reflecting Wright's views about racism in our society and his fascination with what he called "the struggle of the individual in America." These poignant, gripping stories will captivate all those who loved Black Boy and Native Son.
Wright was born on a plantation in Mississippi but grew up in Memphis and educated himself by means of his extensive reading. After a series of menial jobs, including a period of down-and-out joblessness in Chicago during the Depression, Wright's fiction began to be published, beginning with UNCLE TOM'S CHILDREN in 1938. He was strongly influenced by Stephen Crane, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, and other naturalistic writers of the period, as well as by Proust and Gertrude Stein. Wright was the first black novelist to describe the lives of black people in the northern ghettos of northern cities, and the rage and helplessness blacks feel in the face of their exclusion from white society. After World War II, Wright became an expatriate, living mostly in Paris, though he also wrote about Africa and Spain. During the 1960s, his books were an influential force in the Black Power movement in America.
New York Times
"All eight men and all eight stories stand as beautifully, pitifully, terribly true....All the way through this is fine, sound, good, honorable writing rich with insight and understanding, even when occasionally twisted by sorrow."