Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.
About the Author
RICHARD A. WRIGHT, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Scranton, is the author of many publications dealing with the sociology of punishment, and his recent books include Crime and Control: Syllabi and Instructional Materials for Criminology and Criminal Justice (1989). His current research interests deal with deterrence, women and crime, and teaching criminal justice.
Arnold Rampersad, Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University, is the author of "The Life of Langston Hughes" and editor of "The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes".