Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
About the Author
Richard Wright was born in 1908 in rural Mississippi and died in Paris in 1960. His Native Son and Black Boy are best-selling American classics. His other books include The Outsider, Black Power, and White Man, Listen!