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Unformatted text preview: In 1938, his first book, Uncle Tom's Children, was published. These stories depict the black person in revolt against his environment and reveal the depth of Wright's emotional ties to the South. Each of the stories, in its violence and moral passion, is a preparation for his major publication, Native Son, in 1940. With this book Wright gained national attention, especially after it won the $500 prize awarded by Story magazine. 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-(1945), expresses the same Marxist philosophy....
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