Richard Wright's Life

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Birth

1908

Richard Wright was born in 1908, in Roxie, Mississippi

First Publication

1924

Wright published "The Voodoo of Hell's Half-Acre" at the age of 16

Chicago

1927

Wright finally moved away from his family to Chicago.

Communist Party

1933

Wright decided to formally join the Communist Party late 1933

Left Front

1937

The Communist Party shuts down a magazine that Wright was editing, despite his protests.

Native Son

1940

Wright finished an influential novel called Native Son

Black Boy

1945

Wright publishes an autobiographical work named Black Boy, detailing his early life

The Outsider

1953

A novel during an existentialist phase, in which Wright met Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre

Death

1960

He died in Paris aged 52

American Hunger

1977

A novel originally intended to be the sequel to Black Boy; It was published in 1977, after Wright's death