Black Boy, an autobiography of the author's boyhood, explores the theory of human behavior determined by environment. Richard Wright's novel is profoundly American by being a distinctly African--American chronicle. What makes the book unique is its tone, which is that of the blues, both lyrical and ironic, and yet purely tragic.

Black Boy 1971, Houghton Mifflin, Lincoln, NE

ISBN-13: 9780822002420

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