You have heard it before: So many books, so little time. Only Yale’s Harold Bloom can pretend to have read everything that matters. The rest of us live hit-or-miss lives. That means we can stumble upon treasures almost by chance.
I am agog over a book I just finished reading: Richard Wright’s “Native Son,” first published in 1940, and recently reissued by The Library of America. Wright was born on a plantation in Mississippi in 1908, and died an expatriate in France in 1960. He was, and remains, one of the nation’s foremost black men of letters.
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