Richard Wright's Apprenticeship

  title={Richard Wright's Apprenticeship},
  author={J. M. Reilly},
  journal={Journal of Black Studies},
  pages={439 - 460}
  • J. M. Reilly
  • Published 1 June 1972
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Black Studies
n Black Boy, Richard Wright (1941: 285) speaks of leaving his native South because he had a "hazy notion that life could be lived with dignity, that the personalities of others should not be violated, that men should be able to confront other men without fear or shame." Nevertheless, he seems to have had no illusion of approximating his ideal in ordinary Northern society where the concrete experience of day-today living would oppress him as it did tens of thousands of other black migrants in… 
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