Black Boy marks the culmination of Richard Wright's best-known period, his so-called Marxist period. As such, it must be treated separately from the books that followed. Although it is possible that he might have written this autobiography of his childhood the same way many years later, it is likely that his point of view would have been altered by the changes in his political philosophy. As it stands, Black Boy is as profoundly American as it is a distinctly black chronicle.Written while Wright was a fervent Communist, the book explores the theory of human behavior determined by environment. Yet, innate in its fatalism is the author-narrator's ultimate escape from a rigid set of rules for survival. In Wright's boyhood, there was virtually no chance for a personality such as his to develop freely. Everything conspired against personal freedom not only the white
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white power structure, distinctly black chronicle, unusually close ties