Books: Native Sons

LAWD TODAY (189 pp.)—Richard Wright—Walker & Co. ($3.50).

"It is a complex fate to be an American." That this goes double for the American Negro, Novelist James Baldwin has made clear. As a spokesman for his generation of U.S. Negroes (TIME, Jan. 4), Baldwin demonstrates how complicated can be the business of defining what that fate is. Things were simpler for yesterday's generation, which had its voice in the novels of Richard Wright, who died in 1960, aged 52.

Wright's Lawd Today was never published during his life, and it predates Native Son, which established...

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