Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Outsider
Richard Wright


Cross Damon is disenchanted. At odds with society, and with himself, his idealism and sense of alienation have driven him to drink and incessant reflection. But when Cross is mistakenly reported to have died, he is suddenly free to put his ideals to the test – and a reign of terror and destruction ensues. A counterpart to Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son, The Outsider is Wright’s existential masterpiece. An epic exploration of criminality and oppression its publication established Wright as America’s most daring, and damning writers.

Paperback, 512pp
Vintage Classics, 2021 (1953)
ISBN 9781784876975