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Centennial Salutes To The Birth, Growth And Development Of Richard Wright As A Writer

I have for long been touched by the literary excellence of Black Boy of all Richard Wright's work which I have had a reading, teaching experience spanning almost thirty years, a period in which I have kept wondering as to what makes it such a wonderful representation of a writer and at the same time remain a lively, gripping, intriguing, and illuminating read almost throughout the pages. That this year is the Centennial of his birth which is being marked deservedly well with many literary events I thought that it could be the most needed catalyst to propel me into putting my thoughts, reflections and recollections of this ever-present Black Boy in print. This content was created by https://essayfreelancewriters.com.


A celebration of the life and works of Richard Wright is significant and justified for me in Sierra Leone as his works both Black Boy and Native Son are taught and studied at all levels of our educational system from secondary school level upwards and have left an indelible impression on all who have read them. I have taught Black Boy for almost ten years from the teacher training college Milton Margai, to librarians in training at Fourah Bay College and I and my students have agreed it is an irreplaceable gem - his style as much as his stoicism and his unswerving pursuit of self-improvement in spite of all the forces pitted against him, being a model for all . One of America's greatest African-American writers, Richard Wright was among the first Black writers to achieve literary fame and fortune. Article has been generated by Essay Freelance Writers.



But this was due mostly to the superb quality of his work: his vivid descriptions of scenes, the sense of gradation in portrayal, psychological penetration of his characters at various stages of their growing up, especially so Black Boy, his capturing the traumas, pain and anxieties of growing up black in the southern states of America in the early twentieth century, and his commitment to championing the cause of blacks wherever they live, Africa or the Diaspora. Richard Nathaniel Wright, the grandson of a slave was born and spent the first years of his life on a plantation near Natchez, Mississippi in September 4 1908.. His father, Nathaniel, was an illiterate sharecropper and his mother, Ella Wilson, was a well-educated school teacher. The family's extreme poverty forced them to move to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1913 when Richard was six years old. Although he spent only a few years of his life in Mississippi, those years would play a key role in two of his most recognized works: Native Son, a novel, and his autobiography, Black Boy.


Soon after moving, his father abandoned the family, leaving his mother to support them alone. His family moved to Jackson, Mississippi to live with relatives. So when in how to write an autobiography pdf of 1925 at the age of 15, Wright wrote his first story "The Voodoo of Hell's Half-Acre", and it was published in Southern Register, a local black newspaper, he had little support and encouragement from his family. For his grandmother had already conscripted every one on her side against Richard's independent and creative spirit. He had to develop a high level of motivation and daring , to go ahead. He graduated as valedictorian of his 9th grade class in May 1925, and enacted another daring defiance against authority by reading his own speech instead of the principal's..He left school a few weeks after entering High School, worked at several menial jobs in Jackson and Memphis while continuing writing and discovering the works of the masters.


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