New/New. 6 x 9-1/4 x 3/4 " 0878052585 1985 FIRST EDITION Hardcover book in original Jacket. BRAND NEW from 1985 publisher. Never opened, Never read, Never marked. Handsome book; Black cloth over boards with Gold gilt title on spine, in glossy black photographic jacket, with B&W photo of Richard Wright, from the Archives of the Special Collections at the University of Mississippi. Author Michel Fabre is Professor of American Studies and director for Afro-American Studies and New Literatures in English at the Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. Richard Wright 1908-1960, the Mississippi-born African-American writer, saw himself as 'an outsider between two cultures'; a man searching. In these 12 essays written over 2 decades, Michel Fabre, Wright's biographer, follows Wright's search in an investigation of the novelist's life & career. Although the essays were not originally intended as a collection, their organization here underscores Wright's literary and intellectual development. The pieces here range in time from a bibliographical study of Wright's first scanty personal library, to his interest at the end of his life in Negritude and African writing. Other essays probe his first use of the Gothic and his subsequent first efforts at 'naturalistic' fiction, in which he moved away from the ideology of the American Communist Party, to which he had belonged for some 10 years after 1933, to more personal modes of self-expression. Also explored here are Wright's use of the psychological approach, his interest in the link between sex & racism; his obsessive exploration of the unconscious determinants in so-called criminal behavior. One essay examines Wright's poetry from the days when he wrote ideological poems published in New Masses and other radical magazines, to his later composition of blues, to his final mastery of the Japanese poetic form of haiku. Included here is an interview with Simone de Beauvoir, who discusses her friendship with Wright. In an essay never before published, Fabre explores the relationship of Wright, as much a son of Mississippi as is William Faulkner; not only to the South, but to his illiterate sharecropper father and Wright's use of both as negative metaphors in his work. Also delves into Wright's view of his past; his use of it in an ideological construction that asserts, in the best Afro-American literary tradition, the development of a Promethean will toward education & literacy. Wright got an opportunity to write through the Federal Writers' Project, "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow" appearing in American Stuff: WPA Writers' Anthology. He published poetry & short stories in such magazines as Left Front, Anvil, and New Masses. He helped to launch the magazine New Challenge with his "Blueprint for Negro Writing" appearing in the first & only issue. "Uncle Tom's Children" was published to wide acclaiml; "Fire and Cloud" won him the O. Henry Memorial Award. After winning a Guggenheim Fellowship, Wright resigned from the Federal Writers' Project. His "Native Son" published 1940 in March was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; even though it was banned in the libraries of Birmingham, Alabama, it brought Wright internatinal fame. In reaction to the American racism he experienced, Wright decided to become a resident of France; he had considerable company as an exile in Paris at the time, James Baldwin, Chester Himes & Ralph Ellison a few amongst the legendary presences of the era. Wright also met with Martin Luther King. He travelled extensively, even going to Argentina in 1951 to play Bigger in a film production of "Native Son". Late in 1952, he began The Outsider, his novel about a white psychopathic murderer, published in 1953. This book is: "The World of Richard Wright"-Center for the Study of Southern Culture Series, by Michel J. Fabre; published by University Press Mississippi, 1985; Hard cover book in DJ *** Secure packing, Safe Shipping, since 1965 ***
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Ex-Library. 8vo. First Edition. Hard cover in dust jacket. Published Jackson, Miss. : Univ Pr of Mississippi, 1985. 8vo., 6 1/4" x 9 1/4, " 268pp. Ex-library copy. DJ glued on, two labels on dj spine, pocket on rear fly leaf, small library stamp on copyright page, otherwise fine copy with no signs of use-clean, bright, no shelfwear. DJ not in mylar.
Fine in fine dust jacket. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING + LIKE NEW CONDITION + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 268 p. Center for the Study of Southern Culture Series. Audience: General/trade.
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