What were (at least) 6 important formative events, people, or moments in his life journey?I'm supposed to read this memoir by Thursday and i'm barely halfway through...stressed high school student....

What were (at least) 6 important formative events, people, or moments in his life journey?

I'm supposed to read this memoir by Thursday and i'm barely halfway through...stressed high school student. I have to do this project which includes that question. Please help!! :) thanks!

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1. Wright was born 4 September 1908 near Natchez, Mississippi. Wright's novel Black Boy (published in 1945), is Wright's story of his childhood and youth in Mississsippi and Tennessee.

2. 1913-1914 Wright's father left the family to go and live with another woman.

3. At ten- eleven  years old,  in 1918-1819 Wright had to drop out of school to go to work to help support his family.

4.  In preparation for writing his first novel (Native Son), during the mid to late 1930s, Wright was engaged in a study of the psychology of domination and aggression. This dominance and agression is all over the characterization of Bigger Thomas in Native Son.   Evidence of Wright’s pursuit is uncovered when reading Maryemma Graham’s introduction to the Library of America’s restored text of Wright’s, The Outsider.  Graham notes that Wright developed an intense interest in not only psychoanalysis, but also the psychology of oppression and violence.  In fact, it was during this same period of time that Wright helped to found the LeFargue Clinic as a free psychiatric clinic in Harlem.

5. Wright lived and wrote in Harlem from 1937 until 1946.  While living there in 1938, four of his stories were collected as Uncle Tom’s Children which led to a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1939. 

6. In 1939 Wright married Dhima Rose Meadman, a white ballet dancer.  Author Ralph Ellison (The Invisible Man) served as best man.

7. In 1940 Wright published his first novel, Native Son. Native Son was a best-seller, and received many favorable reviews. Uncle Tom's Children (see number 4) was reissued in an expanded edition. His first marriage failed. He attempted to reconcile with his father at this time.

 

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