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Unformatted text preview: Autobiography has been, through the ages, one of the most effective forms of human protest be it religious, political, or personal. When one man speaks as a critic for society at large, through the medium of his own experience, there is a validity otherwise lacking in objective criticism. Black Boy has many historical precedents among them, St. Augustine's Confessions and the Confessions of Jean Jacques Rousseau. However, there are strong points of difference. Sartre, in his essay "For Whom Does One Write," shows what is exceptional in Richard Wright's work. He says, "each work of Wright contains what Baudelaire would have called 'a double, simultaneous postulation'" that is, Wright is addressing himself to two different audiences when he writes. He is addressing both blacks and whites, and for each he needs to supply different information. Blacks will understand readily what he is talking about. No elaborate explanation for information....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
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