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American NightThe Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835869

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837344_wald

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Lonely Crusaders, Part II

Lonely Crusaders, Part II

(p.179) Chapter Six Lonely Crusaders, Part II
American Night

Alan M. Wald

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the careers of Ann Petry, Richard Wright, and Willard Motley. Among postwar Black novelists, the personal stories of Petry, Wright, and Motley, sexual and political, provide the context for and part of the explanation for the artistic achievements of the Lonely Crusaders. Ann Petry, in tandem with Wright in The Outsider, was the supreme redactor of the postwar historical trauma of left-wing African Americans.

Keywords:   Ann Petry, Richard Wright, Willard Motley, postwar Black novelists, Lonely Crusaders

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