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Native Son

Native Son


by Richard Wright

Native Son Resources

Movie or TV Productions

1951 Movie

Native Son, a movie directed by Pierre Chenal. Though this film doesn’t have very good reviews, Richard Wright himself does star as Bigger Thomas.

1986 Movie

Native Son a 1986 movie directed by Jerrold Freedman. This film didn’t get very good reviews either, but Matt Dillon plays Jan and Oprah acts as Bigger’s mother.

1994 Documentary

Richard Wright: Black Boy, a PBS production.


The Author

A photo of Richard Wright writing at his desk.

Send Your Letter With Richard

A stamp of Richard Wright. You know you've made it into history when you're stamp-ified.


Best 100 English-Language Books

Time Magazine picked Native Son as one of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923.


Author Biography
Some information on Richard Wright’s life and a bibliography of resources for further reading.

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