Gritty: Richard Wright 'Black Boy' (1945)
There’s lots of indecency in this memoir – vile racism, horrific violence – but readers shouldn’t be protected from Wright’s rage and bitterness.
- On the floor of the US senate, a Theodore Bilbo said "It is the dirtiest, filthiest, lousiest, most obscene piece of writing that I have ever seen in print.”
- Wright’s memoir is emotionally and narratively like many published in the last 20 years.
- And the Irish weren’t the only ones who’ve struggled with this book – this text has an epic history of censorship
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