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I read the autobiography, Black Boy. It was written by Richard Wright. Further

information about the author will be in the following paragraphs. The publication date of

this book was 1945. The autobiography I read didn't give enough information about the

birth and death dates of my author. He was born on September 4, 1908 and died on

November 28, 1960. Some places associated with the author are Jackson, Mississippi,

Memphis Tennessee, and Elaine, Arkansas. The early goals of the author is basically trying

to survive and getting enough to eat. After his father left him and his mother, the two of

them (Richard and his mother), moved to Memphis and lived on a weekly salary of five

dollars, barely enough for food.

One of Richard's most notable achievements was earning a salary of twelve dollars

a week working at a cafe, the highest he was ever paid throughout the novel. Richard's

family and friends didn't have much influence on him. If they did, it was negative

influence. For example, when Richard wanted to read and write stories, his religious

grandmother called it the Devil's work and forbade it. His mother and his brother were the

closest things that encouraged him. Religion also didn't have an influence on Richard since

he didn't believe in God. The white society had a negative influence on him. For example,

a white woman he was working for menacingly said that Richard would never be a writer

like he wanted to because he was a Negro.

Richard Wright didn't really have any contributions to society except his stories

and novels. One of his stories that was published in a local Negro newspaper in Jackson

Mississippi was "The Voodoo



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