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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Black Boy (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Color Curtain (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Amazon

Publication Order of Doctor Who Anthologies

More Short Trips (By: Stephen Cole,Gary Russell) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Trips and Side Steps (By: Stephen Cole,Gary Russell,Jacqueline Rayner) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Companions (By: Gary Russell,Jacqueline Rayner) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reprecussions (By: Gary Russell) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Amazon
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 Amazon
The Solar System (By: Gary Russell) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Centenarian (By: Gary Russell,Jacqueline Rayner) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Amazon
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 Amazon
The Doctor Who Stories (By: Matt Kemp) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Amazon
Summer Falls and Other Stories (By: Justin Richards,James Goss) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroes and Monsters Collection (By: Jason Loborik,Gary Russell) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

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

Richard Wright was a renowned American writer of novels, poems, nonfiction, and short stories. He has penned a number of notable works in his career, including Native Son, The Outsider, Uncle Tom’s Children, Black Boy, and others. Most of Wright’s literature was based on racial themes and especially revolved around the plight of Afro-Americans towards the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Wright showed in his books how the African-Americans suffered violence and discrimination in the North and the South. Many literary critics believe that Wright’s work helped to change race relations in America during the mid-20th century. Wright is regarded as one of the prominent names in the literature of the United States. He gained prominence with his 1940 novel called Native Son, which became an instant hit and a bestseller as soon as its release by Harper and Brothers. The novel also helped America’s cause as it entered the Second World War.

With Native Son’s release, Wright became the richest writer of the African-American origin in the country. And with the release of his later novels, he went on to influence the work and life of the Civil Rights movement’s thinkers, fiction writers, anti-colonial figures, and other figures from around the world. Author Wright was born as Richard Nathaniel Wright on September 04, 1908, near Natchez and Roxie, Mississippi. He has described in his autobiography titled Black Boy that he was brought up in a very tumultuous environment. Wright is highly associated with New York and Chicago, however, he didn’t arrive in the north until 927. First, he resided in Chicago for 10 years and then in 1937, relocated to New York. Wright then remained in America for another 10 years or so before taking the decision of moving to Europe due to the extreme racism he faced in his country. Following a short trip to France in the year 1946, Wright moved to Paris permanently along with his wife and 2 daughters. After this, he did not return to the US even for once.

Even though Wright decided not to move back to his country that he left shortly after World War II came to an end, he undertook extensive traveling to various places around the world. Wright has documented his visits to numerous places in Asia, Africa, and Europe. And in due course of time, he shifted his writing from fiction to non-fiction political essays. Wright collaborated with a noteworthy Francophone thinker and writer named Aime Cesaire in the late 40s. To attend the Bandung Conference, he visited Bandung in Indonesia. Wright recorded the observations related to the concerns of human rights and later described the conference as an important event. During the late 30s, Wright became a member of the Communist Party right after his relocation to Chicago. But, he took back his membership in 1942 due to some personal reasons. In Native Son, Wright has depicted the relationship between communism and racial justice through Boris Max’s character.

The works of author Wright are included among the most translated fiction works of African American. His readership is spread in countries like Germany, France, Russia, Spain, China, Japan, India, etc. During the time Wright was residing in Paris, Pierre Chenal adapted Native Son for the big screen. The film was made in Argentinian and did not do good business. The highlight of this movie was that forty-year-old Wright played the role of the younger version of Bigger Thomas. There are more than one movie adaptations of Native Son available. Also, there were several other media renditions, including a stage play adapted by Orson Welles and some portions read by James Earl Jones for 1973’s Caedmon spoken-word record. Wright’s first marriage was with a Jewish lady named Dhimah Rose in 1939. It did not last long and ended after one year. Then, Wright married for the second time with Ellen Poplar in 1941. The couple had two daughters named Julia and Rachel.

Author Wright died on November 28, 1960, in Paris due to a heart attack. His daughter Julia had claimed that he was murdered. After his death, his widow Ellen remained the executor of his estate until her death in 2004. Some of Wright’s Papers are currently held at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The anti-colonial and Civil Rights personalities influenced by Wright’s work include James Baldwin, Aime Cesaire, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Frantz Fanon.

A highly popular novel penned by author Richard Wright is entitled ‘Native Son’. It was first released in 1940 and was re-released by Harper Perennial in 2005. This novel tells the tale of a young black man named Bigger Thomas, who faces downfall in his life after he accidentally kills a white lady in a panic moment. Bigger Thomas finds himself on the wrong side of the judicial system because of being a black man. He becomes a victim of racism and hatred from the white-dominated society. Right from the beginning, Bigger Thomas was headed in the direction of the jail. He always had the danger of being charged for petty larceny or assault because of his actions. But, he ends up being held for rape and murder. This novel takes place in Chicago during the 1930s. It captures the relentless reflection on the feeling of hopelessness and poverty experienced by the lower-class people of the society across America. The novel also describes what it meant to belong to the black race in America in that period of history.

Another powerful novel that Wright wrote in his writing career is known as ‘The Outsider’. It was initially released in 1953. In this book, Wright has a complex narrative of how ugly and raw was racism in the United States. Wright has named the central character of this book as Cross Damon. He represents a Negro man of the 20th century in the pursuit of freedom. Cross Damon is an intellectual man, but because of the culture around him, he faces rejection. He is introduced as having an addiction to drinking. His drinking habit is partly due to his effort to not remember his many problems and partly due to numb the pain caused by his frustrated and urgent sense of life. Cross gets involved in an accident and is reported to have succumbed to his injuries. When he learns about the false information about his death, Cross decides to create a new identity for himself and hopes to discover the truth. His search forces him to carry out 4 murders and finally brings his own life to a violent death. Before dying, Cross rejects religion and abandons ideas. When his mistress sees him as the man he has become, she commits suicide. In the end, when the district attorney asks Cross Damon on his death how was his life, he murmurs that it was too horrible and dies.

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