With the help of booksellers and librarians from around the world, we’ve created this collection of 200 iconic HarperCollins titles—beloved books that have inspired, informed, entertained, and endured.
Whether they are prizewinners, runaway bestsellers, groundbreaking nonfiction, or simply a favorite novel, these books have all had a singular influence on our literary culture.
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Richard Wright won intellectual acclaim as a chronicler of the African-American experience. This powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and what it means to be black in America.
Soon after Richard Wright moved to Brooklyn in 1937, Harper & Brothers decided to publish his first short story collection—click here to listen to an audio excerpt about his life and work from the HarperCollins NYC Author Audio Tour.