Native Son is a novel by American author Richard Wright. The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, an African American living in utter poverty. Bigger lived in Chicago's South Side ghetto in the 1930s. Bigger was always getting into trouble as a youth, but upon receiving a job at the home of the Daltons, a rich, white family, he experienced a realization of his identity. He thinks he accidentally killed a white woman, runs from the police, rapes and kills his girlfriend and is then caught and tried.
The Modern Library placed the novel number 20 on its list of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century. Time Magazine also included it in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.
Copyright: Public Domain in Canada