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Richard Wright and Short Stories

Richard Wright and Short Stories

Yesterday, I  provided a complete list of short stories by Zora Neale Hurston as a means of exploring how well known novelists in the 100 Novels Collection such as Hurston and Charles Chesnutt actually wrote in other genres.

Today, I am providing a list of short stories written by Richard Wright. Even though, Wright’s Native Son helped to catapult Wright to national prominence of being a best-seller, selling over 250, 000 copies in the first three weeks, his collection of short stories “Uncle Tom’s Children” afforded him the finances to move to Harlem and begin writing his novel. In addition, Wright received a Guggenheim Fellowship from the same collection. Wright’s work as a short story writer is certainly significant as to how we understand his larger legacy.


Uncle Tom’s Children (1938)

Big Boy Leaves Home

Down by the Riverside

Long Black Song

Fire and Cloud

Brigth and Morning Star


Eight Men: Short Stories (1961)

The Man Who Was Almost a Man

The Man Who Lived Underground

Big Black Good Man

The Wan Who Saw the Flood

Man of all Work

Man, God Ain’t Like That…

The Man Who Killed a Shadow

The Man Who Went to Chicago


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