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Native Son by Richard Wright was hailed by reviewers as an instant classic upon its release in 1940 The novel was an instant bestseller having been included in the book-of-the-month-club Due to its proto revolutionary themes it was the subject of many reviews Two such reviewers are Clifton Fadiman and Malcolm Cowley Clifton Fadiman writer for The New Yorker declared that Native Son was the most powerful American novel since the Grapes of Wrath He is positive that anyone who reads this book has to know what it means to be a Negro especially being a Negro in the US over seventy years after the Emancipation Proclamation Fadiman then goes on to compare the novel to Theodore Dreisers An American Tragedy declaring that his novel did for the American white as Native Son did for the Negro Fadiman begins criticizing Bigger Thomas the main character in the novel He feels that Bigger is just a stupid fool having done everything possible to actually get himself caught Fadiman also writes that Bigger knew that the moment he allowed what his life meant to enter fully into his consciousness he would either kill himself or somebody else Fadiman then goes on by criticizing Wright stating that he is too explicit repetitive and overdoes his melodrama from time to time Fadiman does not believe Wright to be a finished writer just yet However he does think that Wright possesses the two absolute necessities of the first-rate novelist passion and intelligence He also understands that Wright must have been greatly affected by the labor movement which may have contributed to Native Son At the conclusion of his review Fadiman once again compares Native Son to An American Tragedy He says that the two novels tell almost the same story Although He feels that Dreisers novel is filled with better more controlled knowledge he feels that Wrights novel will have the
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