Richard Wright | Critical Essay by Desmond Harding

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Richard Wright.
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Critical Essay by Janice Thaddeus

SOURCE: Thaddeus, Janice. “The Metamorphosis of Richard Wright's Black Boy.American Literature 57, no. 2 (May 1985): 199-214.

In the following essay, Thaddeus chronicles the publishing history of Black Boy and traces the book's metamorphosis from an open autobiography to a closed one.

There are two kinds of autobiography—defined and open. In a defined autobiography, the writer presents his life as a finished product. He is likely to have reached a plateau, a moment of resolution which allows him to recollect emotion in tranquility. This feeling enables him to create a firm setting for his reliable self, to see this self in relief against society or history. Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, for instance, is a defined autobiography, a public document, moving undeviatingly from self-denial to self-discovery. It rests on the fulcrum of...

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