Richard Nathaniel Wright was born on September 4, 1908 (he died on November 28, 1960). He was an African-American author who became famous for his controversial works about racial themes, and the problems African Americans had to face (affrontare) during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. His work helped to change race (razza) relations in America in the mid-20th century. In Native Son (1940) R.Wright tells the story of a 20-year-old black American young man living in absolute poverty in Chicago in the 1930s. The book shows that black American, in that period, had no escape from a cruel destiny as they were told since their childhood who exactly they were supposed to be. Black Boy (1945) is his autobiography. The novel deals with his early life (infanzia) in the south, and the racial problems he witnessed (vide personalmente) till he moved to Chicago, where he started his writing career and became involved with (coinvolto con il) the Communist Party.