Richard Wright's Life

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Richard Wright was born on Rucker’s Plantation, Mississippi on September 4, 1908. His father left him at five and for a while Wright and his brother were in an orphanage. They eventually moved in with their grandparents who were strict Seventh day Adventists. His Grandmother believed that fictional books were the devils’ work so she kept them out of the house. Wright only got to the ninth grade, but he published his first short story in a newspaper at sixteen. The book was titled “The Voodoo of Hell’s Half-acre” however, no copies of this short story survive (“Richard Wright’s Life”). Then, in 1940 Wright published “Native Son” which was the fist book by an African-American writer to be selected by the Book-Of-The-Month club. In 1945 Wright
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