Date

1966

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Frakes, James R.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine closely a major work of each of the three men who most critics agree are both major contemporary Negro novelists and leading American writers: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Ralph Ellison. It is my intent to discover how each has dealt with the unique problems of the Negro writer as well as with the difficulties of novelists in general; to examine their differences and similarities in approach to subject matter; and to discover the themes that unite them and the attitudes that separate them.

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