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Richard Wright [electronic resource] : native son, author and activist / by Rex Barnett.

Publication:
Venice, CA : TMW Media Group, 1995.
Series:
Black studies in video
Black American Experience
Format/Description:
Video
1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col.
Subjects:
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960.
African American authors -- 20th century -- Biography.
Form/Genre:
Documentary films.
Language:
This edition in English.
System Details:
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Summary:
Richard Wright was an African-American author of novels, short stories and non-fiction that dealt with powerful themes and controversial topics. Much of his works concerned racial themes that helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century. Born on a plantation in Mississippi, Wright was a descendent of the first slaves who arrived in Jamestown Massachusetts. This program follows his arduous path from sharecropper to literary giant. Through authors like H.L. Menken, Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Dreiser, he discovered that literature could be used as a catalyst for social change. In 1937 Wright moved to New York and his work began to garner national attention for its political and social commentary. Much of Wright's writing focused on the African American community and experience; his novel Native Son won him a Guggenheim Fellowship and was adapted to the Broadway stage with Orson Welles directing in 1941. In 1946, Wright was fed up with America's treatment of its black citizens and became an expatriate in Paris, France where he joined a circle that included famous Existentialists Jean-Paul Sarte and Albert Camus. Though he quit his formal education at only 15 years old, Richard Wright was a major influence on world literature & politics, and brought the black experience to the forefront of social discourse.
Notes:
Title from title frames (Black studies in video, viewed March 28, 2014).
Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2013. (Black studies in video). Available via World Wide Web.
Contributor:
Rodney, Lester, 1911-2009. , Interviewee
Barnett, Rex. , Director, Producer
OCLC:
881547771
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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