People: Feb. 10, 1961

Memorializing the late Negro Author Richard (Native Son) Wright, Ebony magazine described the last Paris days of the embittered, Mississippi-born expatriate. Before his death of a heart attack in November, Wright discussed his 15-year absence from the U.S., denied that he was anti-American. "I know what a great nation and people America could be, but it won't be until there is only one American, regardless of his color." Also published: the first excerpts of some of Wright's last works—poems in the medieval Japanese haiku style. Among them:

In the falling snow A...

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