Books: Escape to Loneliness

AMERICAN HUNGER by RICHARD WRIGHT 146 pages. Harper & Row. $8.95.

All his life, from his violence-scarred childhood in Mississippi to his self-imposed exile in Paris where he died, aged 52. Black Novelist Richard Wright was an outsider. His existence, in fact, was a series of painful partings as he gave up family, friends, roots, Communism and finally his country. He was at home only in the demonic narrative drive and descriptive intensity that produced Native Son and Black Boy.

In this fragment of an autobiography, written in the early 1940s but withheld from publication...

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