Richard Wright was an American writer and poet. He is best known for his bestselling book, Native Son. In 2021, long after his death, an unpublished novel of his was finally published. That book was The Man Who Lived Underground.

Wright was born in 1908 in Roxie, Mississippi. He was the grandson of slaves and raised mostly by his mother. He only managed to get a ninth grade education in skill, but he was a big reader and had a way with words from a young age. He had his first short story published when he was just 16. He would work a variety of jobs at first as he continued to read. The more that he read, the more he became determined to make his life count and finally got published in 1938.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Native Son (1940)Description / Buy at
The Outsider (1953)Description / Buy at
Savage Holiday (1954)Description / Buy at
The Long Dream (1958)Description / Buy at
Lawd Today! (1963)Description / Buy at
The Man Who Lived Underground (2021)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Uncle Tom's Children (1938)Description / Buy at
12 Million Black Voices (1941)Description / Buy at
Eight Men (1958)Description / Buy at
Haiku (1998)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Black Boy (1945)Description / Buy at
The Color Curtain (1956)Description / Buy at
The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon ... Touching Duells, Vpon an Information in the Star-Chamber Against Priest and Wright. With the Decree of the Star-Chamber in the Same Cause (With: Francis Bacon,William Priest) (2022)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Doctor Who Anthologies

More Short Trips (By: Stephen Cole,Gary Russell) (1999)Description / Buy at
Short Trips and Side Steps (By: Stephen Cole,Gary Russell,Jacqueline Rayner) (2000)Description / Buy at
Companions (By: Gary Russell,Jacqueline Rayner) (2003)Description / Buy at
Reprecussions (By: Gary Russell) (2004)Description / Buy at
Tales from the TARDIS: Volume 2: Multi-Doctor Stories (By: Gary Russell,Terrance Dicks,Peter Davison,Jon Pertwee,Colin Baker,Philip Martin) (2004)Description / Buy at
Doctor Who: Short Trips: 2040 (By: Stephen Cole,Jacqueline Rayner,Marc Platt,Andy Campbell,Matthew Griffiths,John Binns,Lance Parkin,Kate Orman,Rebecca Levene,Gareth Wigmore,Richard Salter,Xanna Eve Chown,Huw Wilkins,Alexander Leithes) (2004)Description / Buy at
The Solar System (By: Gary Russell) (2005)Description / Buy at
The Centenarian (By: Gary Russell,Jacqueline Rayner) (2006)Description / Buy at
The Ghosts of Christmas (By: Dan Abnett,Trevor Baxendale,Gary Russell,Steven Savile,Joseph Lidster,Peter Anghelides,Cavan Scott,John Binns,Eddie Robson,Neil Corry,Scott Handcock,Simon Barnard,Iain McLaughlin,Ian Farrington,Richard Salter,Jonathan Clements,Paul Morris,MarkWright,Xanna Eve Chown,ColinHarvey,Mark Magrs,Ann Kelly,Michael Abberton,Scott Allan Woodard,Scott Matthewman) (2007)Description / Buy at
Doctor Who: Short Trips: Transmissions (With: George Mann,Dale Smith,Andy Lane,Steve Lyons,James Moran,Graeme Burk,Mags L. Halliday,Kelly Hale,Lou Anders,Pete Kempshall,Richard Salter,Mark Stevens,Mark Stevens) (2008)Description / Buy at
The Doctor Who Stories (By: Matt Kemp) (2009)Description / Buy at
Queers Dig Time Lords (By: Mary Anne Mohanraj,Lee Mandelo,Rachel Swirsky,Gary Russell,David Llewellyn,Tanya Huff,Racheline Maltese,Melissa Scott,Amal El-Mohtar,Paul Magrs,Susan Jane Bigelow,Jennifer Pelland,John Barrowman,Hal Duncan,Michael Damian Thomas,Sigrid Ellis,Nigel Fairs,Carole E. Barrowman,Jed Hartman,Cody Schell,Emily Asher-Perrin,Paul F. Cockburn,Jason Tucker,Sarah J. Groenewege,Erik Stadnik,Scot Clarke,Julia Rios,Martin Warren,Neil Chester,Kaia Landelius,JohnRichards,Naamen Gobert Tilahun,Paul Kirkley) (2013)Description / Buy at
Summer Falls and Other Stories (By: Justin Richards,James Goss) (2013)Description / Buy at
Heroes and Monsters Collection (By: Jason Loborik,Gary Russell) (2015)Description / Buy at
Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America (By: Gary Russell,Arnold T. Blumberg,Jennifer Adams Kelley,Steven Warren Hill,Nicholas Seidler,Robert Warnock,Janine Fennick,John Lavalie) (2017)Description / Buy at

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best Short Stories by Black Writers(1967)Description / Buy at
I Am the Darker Brother(1968)Description / Buy at
Growing Up in the South(1991)Description / Buy at
Go the Way Your Blood Beats(1996)Description / Buy at
American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume 2(2000)Description / Buy at
The Best American Short Stories of the Century(2000)Description / Buy at
Unnatural Selection of Darwinian Nightmares(2000)Description / Buy at
The Civil Rights Reader(2009)Description / Buy at
Nightscapes: Volume 1(2012)Description / Buy at
10 Common Core Essentials(2013)Description / Buy at

If You Like Richard Wright Books, You’ll Love…

Native Son is the story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral. Bigger Thomas was always headed for jail, it was just a matter of how. It could have been for anything, but it ended up being for murder and rape after he killed a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. The story is set in 1930s Chicago and really captures the feelings of hopelessness in inner cities across the country. Wright’s novel is an influential work in modern Black literary history and gets into what it means to be black in America.

The Man Who Lived Underground was released in 2021 after previously going unpublished. The work meant a lot to Wright who said, “I have never written anything in my life that stemmed more from sheer inspiration.” The book is about Fred Daniels, a black man, who is picked up by the police and tortured until he confesses to a crime that he didn’t commit. He signs a confession, but then escapes custody and flees into the city’s sewers.

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