Term of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

Caren Town

Committee Member 1

David Dudley

Committee Member 2

Richard Flynn


This thesis focuses on Richard Wright's autobiography Black Boy (American Hunger) A Record of Childhood and Youth. The book's original format underwent a couple of major changes in order to be accepted by The Book-of-the-Month Club, which were the elimination of the entire second half dealing with Wright's time in the North and the rewriting of the end of the first half in order to give closure to the shortened book. In my thesis, I will discuss these changes in detail and explain how these changes undermined Wright's original intentions. Furthermore, I will show how The Book-of-the-Month- Club's influence affected the many readers of Wright's book.

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