Been years since I read it, but my first impressions of Bigger have lasted--which is sayinv something, with my poor memory.
I have a friend here in Guildford who knew Wright's wife--er, I think she was named Ellen Wright? She died a few years ago, in France. I think she said that the Wright's had settled there, as the French were more accepting of mixed race marriages at the time (Ellen was white).
Anyway, Ellen-if that's the correct name-was a friend of my friend's mother. At one point while Richard Wright was w riting and the Wrights were having trouble getting by financially, when my friend (who's an older lady now) was a little kid, Ellen came to live with themfor a while.
In Ellen's last years, my friend would check up on her, even going over to France (much easier for those of us living on this side of the Atlantic!) to see her.
Funny, how sometimes real history is just so close to the present...
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