Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Native Son
Richard Wright


“The most important and celebrated novel of Negro life to have appeared in America,” wrote James Baldwin.

Gripping and furious, Native Son follows Bigger Thomas, a young black man who is trapped in a life of poverty in the slums of Chicago. Unwittingly involved in a wealthy woman’s death, he is hunted relentlessly, baited by prejudiced officials, charged with murder and driven to acknowledge a strange pride in his crime. Native Son shocked readers on its first publication in 1940 and went on to make Richard Wright the first bestselling black writer in America.

Paperback, 480pp
Vintage Classics, 2000 (1940)
ISBN 9780099282938