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The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty. Bigger lived in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes...

The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty. Bigger lived in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes...

If you love Notes of a Native Son, you should read White Girls by Hilton Als. | 22 Books To Read Now, Based On Your Favorite Black Literature

22 Books To Read Now, Based On Your Favorite Black Literature

If you love Notes of a Native Son, you should read White Girls by Hilton Als. | 22 Books To Read Now, Based On Your Favorite Black Literature

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread".

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread".

My jaw literally dropped multiple times while reading Native Son. It is a brutal and relentless — but very important — read. The tragedy of Bigger Thomas, a young black man coming of age in 1930s Chicago, though fictional, lays bare a period of unbelievable racial and political conflict that we would be remiss as a nation to forget. Add this to your list, and brace yourself. —Eleanor J.

53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

My jaw literally dropped multiple times while reading Native Son. It is a brutal and relentless — but very important — read. The tragedy of Bigger Thomas, a young black man coming of age in 1930s Chicago, though fictional, lays bare a period of unbelievable racial and political conflict that we would be remiss as a nation to forget. Add this to your list, and brace yourself. —Eleanor J.

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53 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down

Native Son by Richard Wright | 33 Must-Read Books To Celebrate Banned Books Week

Native Son by Richard Wright

Native Son by Richard Wright | 33 Must-Read Books To Celebrate Banned Books Week

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin. "Perhaps because Baldwin was the ultimate outsider-black, gay, and an expat-his portrait of America somehow seems truer. In the title essay, he builds to a scene in a diner in which, furious at being denied service, he realizes that he is willing to commit murder. His analysis of race and rage takes as its target, finally, his own heart."

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin. "Perhaps because Baldwin was the ultimate outsider-black, gay, and an expat-his portrait of America somehow seems truer. In the title essay, he builds to a scene in a diner in which, furious at being denied service, he realizes that he is willing to commit murder. His analysis of race and rage takes as its target, finally, his own heart."

“I didn't know I was really alive in this world until I felt things hard enough to kill for 'em...”

“I didn't know I was really alive in this world until I felt things hard enough to kill for 'em...”

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