Making the Wright Connection

An Online Community for the Study of Richard Wright

Kent State University Special Collection and Archives

Posted on August 29, 2010 | No Comments

An extensive collection of books by Richard Wright. In addition to Wright’s better known books, the collection includes The Color Curtain: A Report on the Bandung Conference, and I Am a Red Slogan, published by the International Union of Revolutionary Writers in Moscow, April, 1935. The letters in this collection may serve to accompany Letters to Joe C. Brown (Kent State University Libraries, 1968), a compilation with an introduction by Thomas Knipp.

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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University

Posted on August 22, 2010 | No Comments

Manuscripts, correspondence with other writers such as Nelson Algren, Arna Bontemps, Ralph Ellison, Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, Gunnar Myrdal and Margaret Walker, photographs, financial and legal documents and printed materials relating to the life and work of Richard Wright. Included are drafts of such works as Black Boy and Native Son, photographs of trips to Spain and Ghana, various items of personal memorabilia such as Wright’s Spingarn Medal, and a film of Wright’s screen test for the movie version of “Native Son”.

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Words as Weapons

Posted on August 9, 2010 | No Comments

Summer institute participant Alison Ray is asking her students to use what they learn about Wright’s unique balance of artfulness and social protest as a springboard to start wider discussions. Students are asked to find examples of art as social protest in the world around them (e.g. graffiti) and to create presentations to share with their classmates and other “sister” schools.

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