Harper & Brothers publishes Richard Wright’s debut story collection, Uncle Tom’s Children. Shortly thereafter, it publishes his seminal works, Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), which deal with the harsh realities of the black experience 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.