According to Wright himself

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According to Wright himself, he was a member of the Communist party from 1932 to 1944, and the  books he wrote during this period reflect his belief in communism as the only existing agency  capable of restoring humanitarian values to the earth.  Native Son,  incorporating this idea, influenced  a whole generation of black novelists. The novel's anti-hero, Bigger Thomas, became the murderer  he was, not out of choice, but as a result of environmental influences beyond his control; Wright's  autobiography,  Black Boy  (1945), expresses the same Marxist philosophy. A best seller and a Book- of-the-Month Club selection,  Native Son  was successfully dramatized by Orson Welles and was  made into a movie, Wright himself playing Bigger Thomas. The book is an integral part of American  literary tradition in its struggle to reconcile the innocence of the rural past with the corruption of the  urban present. Dreiser's  An American Tragedy  contains many of the same ideas and even a  similarity of theme. Both Wright and Dreiser viewed society as the guilty instigator of criminality.
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