Richard Wright The Power Of Books Summary

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n the Power Of Books, Richard Wright tells a tale of his life in the Jim Crow south. When he asks to borrow his white co-workers library card so he can read an author he saw in the paper he is told “It is good that you want to read, but you ought to read the right things.” Later another co-worker tells him reading deep stuff will rattle his brain right out. Like other whites at the time his co-workers were worried about what he was reading, enough so he felt he need to keep the books he read secret. His idea of the world around was changing as he was reading and he realized just how the dangerous the world is for a black man who can read and believes his co-workers can see how he is changing, even so far as saying he no longer suspected

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