The Outsider

by Richard Wright

On Sale: 04/29/2008

The Outsider

by Richard Wright

On Sale: 04/29/2008

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About the Book

From Richard Wright, one of the most powerful, acclaimed, and essential American authors of the twentieth century, comes a compelling story of one man's attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem.

Cross Damon is a man at odds with society and with himself—a man of superior intellect who hungers for peace but who brings terror and destruction wherever he goes. The Outsider is an important work of fiction that depicts American racism and its devastating consequences in raw and unflinching terms. Brilliantly imagined and frighteningly prescient, it is an epic exploration of the tragic roots of criminal behavior.

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Critical Praise

The Outsider is a prophetic book . . . a book people should ponder.” - Arnold Rampersad, New York Times

“Wright created in this fast-paced, riveting narrative...one of the most complex characters in African-American fiction: a black intellectual, freed of his past, who plays out the Sartrean belief that ‘Existence precedes essence.’ ” - Charles Johnson, Tribune Books

“It is in the description of action, especially violent action, that Mr. Wright excels, not merely because he can make the reader see but because he compels him to participate.” - Granville Hicks, New York Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061450174
  • ISBN 10: 0061450170
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • On Sale: 04/29/2008
  • Pages: 672
  • List Price:19.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / African American / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Crime

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