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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: September 4, 1908 in Rucker's Plantation, twenty miles east of Natchez, Mississippi

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Wright moved to Chicago in 1927. He worked at the U. S. Post office in Chicago during the 1920`s and the Works Progress Administration Federal Writer`s Project in Chicago 1935-1937. While he lived in Chicago only about 10 years, it was in Chicago where he began a significant literary career focused on examining race relations in the 20th century.

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Richard Wright was an African-American author of novels, short stories and non-fiction. He is considered to be the most important African American writer of his time as his work helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century. Born near Natchez, Mississippi, Wright resided in Chicago, Paris and New York. His famous novel, ''Native Son'', is set in Chicago and considered to be one of the best novels about the African American experience.


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Awards

-- *Spingarn Medal, 1941

-- *Name engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures, 1990

-- *Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 2010