Monday, October 27, 2008
Our wonderful, knowledge-filled extravaganza is quickly approaching. As I am counting down the days for our Natchez trip, I am completely overwhelmed with being apart of the such a landmark opportunity. Not only am I becoming re-familiar with a long time favorite author, but I am able to greedily indulge in the knowledge and expertise of my colleagues, who possess the same love I have for reading. Taking care to create a list of all the technology I will be dragging along the way, I am anxiously awaiting to indulge in intense conversation with you and to be stimulated intellectually. What are your expectations for this trip? Do you possess the same excitement for the trip?
As you can guess, the title is taken from our 4Ws selection, Black Boy. Readers are given snapshots of our hero and his many ways to discover the written word as he ages. The story then fast-forwards to the fateful day Wright asks a coworker if he might borrow his library card. The exchange between a nervous Wright and nosy librarian makes for great copy. The acrylic and colored pencil illustrations of a stereotypical librarian, complete with hair bun and cat eye glasses, cracks me up.
Published in 1997, the dedication page reads, "For my son Julian, books are the road to the promised land."
Sunday, October 26, 2008
My article for the newspapers this week features Wright's Uncle Tom's Children. You can read it here!
Since reading Black Boy, I have written two separate book talks: one, about our state's excellent record of autobiographies, and the other on the book. I also podcast some articles here.
Anyone else like to photograph and post their TBR pile? ~ Maggie
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Gates, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and K.A. Appian, eds. Richard Wright, Critical Perspectives Past and Present. New York: Amistad, 1993.
Kinnamon, Keneth, and Michel Fabre. Conversations with Richard Wright. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1993.
Rowley, Hazel. Richard Wright: The Life and Times. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2001.
Urban, Joan. Richard Wright: Author. New York: Chelsea House, 1989.
Walker, Margaret. Richard Wright, Daemonic Genius. New York: Amistad, 1988.
Webb, Constance. Richard Wright, A Biography. New York: G. P. Putnam & Sons, 1968.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Uncle Tom's Children (1938)
Native Son (1940)
The Outsider (1953)
Savage Holiday (1954)
The Long Dream (1958)
Eight Men (1961)
Lawd Today (1963)
Rite of Passage (1994)
A Father's Law (2008)
How “Bigger” Was Born: the Story of Native Son (1940)
12 Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States (1941)
Black Boy (1945)
Black Power (1954)
The Color Curtain (1956)
Pagan Spain (1957)
Letters to Joe C. Brown (1968)
American Hunger (1975)
Big Boy Leaves Home (2007)
The Ethics Of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch (1937)
Introduction to Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City (1945)
I Choose Exile (1951)
White Man, Listen! (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1957)
Haiku: This Other World. (Eds. Yoshinobu Hakutani and Robert L. Tener, 1998)
Note : I used an article in Wikipedia for this list. Richard Wright photographed in 1939 by Carl Van Vechten.
I think it important to read a person's body of work in order. I prefer to read an author's earliest works first. This allows me to grow along with the author as he becomes less timid in his skills, and I less timid in my comprehension of his work. For example, when one completes crossword puzzles in a magazine, one will start with the easier puzzles in front and work through to the harder ones in the back. One finds the clues beginning to repeat, but in a more sophisticated manner such as furry pet equals cat to lap warmer equals cat. Do you agree or disagree? ~ Maggie
Mr. Money Kirby relates his time in the army when his blood was needed for a transfusion into a white man. It is rather funny, and the background noise sounds like someone doing the dishes. More stories here. ~ Maggie
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
This discovery prompted me to search PBS site for Jim Crow references. The search results contained:
- Interactive Maps
- Teen Leadership Lessons
- Games and Activities
- Interactive Timeline
- Lesson Plans
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow PBS website contains so much information, but what really caught my attention was the actual access to rare documents, videos, photos, and actual interviews with people, who experienced the impulsive control of Jim Crow. There is also a forum area for discussions.
You can find more at The History of Jim Crow website. ~ J. W. Ward, Jr., Ph. D.
Image Gallery here. Teacher Resources here. ~ Maggie
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America by James Allen etal. Twin Palms Publishers, 2004.
The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity by James C. Cobb. Oxford U Press, 1992.
Dark Journey: Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow by Neil McMillen. U of Illinois, 1989.
Lynchings in Mississippi: A History, 1865-1965 by Julius E. Thompson. McFarland, 2007.
The Richard Wright Encyclopedia by Jerry W. Ward & Robert J. Butler. Greenwood, 2008
~ Happy Reading Maggie