Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Robert Harper
The 1940 publication of Richard Wright’s Native Son was a major event in the literary history of the United States. The first widely published novel by and about a black man became a Book-of-the-Month-Club selection, subject of voluminous critical response. The popularity with white audiences of a work that is vehemently critical of white society was due in part to the sensational advertising campaign attached to it. Promoted as in exciting crime story, the novel was undoubtedly a shocking experience for radically unsophisticated segments of the white reading public and press.
Speth, Marcia, "The existential journey of Bigger Thomas: A critical examination of Richard Wright's "Native Son"" (1975). Student Work. 3281.
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