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The Long Dream
Richard Wright; Keneth Kinnamon, fwd.



Northeastern Library of Black Literature

Northeastern University Press
2000 • 400 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
African-American Fiction / African-American Studies / Literary Criticism - American

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-423-3



"A surging, superb book that closely examines the anatomy of southern racial prejudice and reveals some awful truths. In the process, [Wright] has given us a social document of unusual worth. . . This book is not for the squeamish. Wright's catalog of lynching, police brutality, meanness, and emotion running riot in a small town is calculated to disturb even the most callous. This story, balanced by Wright's compassion for his people, is an experience of almost nightmarish quality." —Roi Ottley, Chicago Sunday Tribune

In the powerful tradition of Native Son, Richard Wright's last novel is a stirring story of racial prejudice in the South.

Now available in a new edition. Set in a small town in Mississippi, The Long Dream is a novel rich in characterization and plot that dramatizes Richard Wright's themes of oppression, exploitation, corruption, and flight. It is the story of Fishbelly (called Fish), the son of Tyree Tucker, a prominent black mortician and owner of a brothel whose wealth and power were attained by forging business arrangements with corrupt white police officers and politicians. The riveting narrative centers on the explosive and tragic events that shape and alter the relationship between Fish and his father.



RICHARD WRIGHT (1908-1960) was born on a plantation in Roxie, Mississippi, and lived in the South until 1927, when he moved to Chicago. He later resided in New York City, and died in Paris as an expatriate. Among his many works are Native Son, Black Boy, The Outsider, Savage Holiday, and Lawd Today!






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