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November 28, 2012

Richard Wright as Sledgehammer

Richard Wright (1908 – 1960)

On this day in 1960 Richard Wright, the expatriate American writer of Black Boy and Native Son, died in Paris. “He came like a sledgehammer, like a giant out of the mountain with a sledgehammer, writing with a sledgehammer,” said historian John Henrik Clarke. Of all the things Wright wanted to smash in racist America, the last may have been the Hollywood producer who asked to film Native Son with a white hero. . . .

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