American Classics Book Discussion Series

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Main Library, Thursday, December 3, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  This month’s selection is Native Son, by Richard Wright. Maplewood Library’s new book group meets monthly to discuss provocative and often controversial titles that probe the questions of who we are and how we see each other.  Convener: Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Native SonNative Son tells the story of a young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. Copies of the book available from BCCLS.

This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.