Format: Paperback, 504pp
Pub. Date: August 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
BBP Sales Rank: 11,615
List Price: $14.95
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class
divisions in America, this powerful novel reflects the forces of poverty,
injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape out society.
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.