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Willa Cather and Richard Wright

 
 
Willa Cather and Richard Wright Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 27, 2017
1. Willa Cather and Richard Wright Marker
Inscription.
Willa Cather 1873-1947
Richard Wright 1908-1960


Willa Cather, author of
My Antonia, wrote her first novel,
Alexander's Bridge, here in 1912.
Richard Wright, author of Native Son,
wrote his autobiography,
Black Boy, here in 1945.

 
Erected by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
 
Location. 40° 43.923′ N, 74° 0.01′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Washington Place east of 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82 Washington Place, New York NY 10011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 80 Washington Place (a few steps from this marker); Eleanor Roosevelt (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edwin Arlington Robinson (about 500 feet away); No. 22 Washington Square North (about 600 feet away); Alexander Lyman Holley (about 600 feet away); 27 Christopher Street (about 700 feet away); Ephraim Ellsworth and the New York Fire Zouaves (about 800 feet away); Judson Memorial Church (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
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Willa Cather and Richard Wright Marker - Wide View, Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 27, 2017
2. Willa Cather and Richard Wright Marker - Wide View, Looking East

1. Looking for Literary America: Episode 3-- Willa Cather (YouTube, 7 min.). Willa Cather is most famous for her Prairie novels, including the beautiful My Antonia. (Submitted on July 29, 2017.) 

2. Willa Cather in New York: The Greenwich Village Years (WCA). "Beginning in 1906 when Cather became an editor of McClure's Magazine and worked with Edith Lewis, a staff proofreader who would become her lifelong companion, Cather lived at four different residences in Greenwich Village. Her first address was at 60 Washington Square South, across the park from the fashionable and elegant residences of Washington Square North. Like one of her own characters in "Coming, Aphrodite!," Cather belonged to that legion of "young people who came to New York to 'write' or to 'paint' – who proposed to live by the sweat of the brow rather than of the hand, and who desired artistic surroundings," but at affordable rents. In 1909, Cather and Lewis rented an apartment at 82 Washington Place, the only remaining residence in its original state. A plaque marks this six-story apartment house commemorating Cather and Richard Wright who lived there in the 1940s." (Submitted on July 29, 2017.) 

3. Richard Wright - Black Boy (YouTube, 5 min.). A biography of Richard Wright, author of Black Boy and Native Son, from
Willa Cather and Richard Wright Marker - Wide View, Looking West image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 27, 2017
3. Willa Cather and Richard Wright Marker - Wide View, Looking West
his impoverished childhood, involvement in left-wing politics and literary relationships, to his exile and death in Paris.
(Submitted on July 29, 2017.) 

4. Richard Wright (author) (Wikipedia). Richard Nathaniel Wright (September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially related to the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, who suffered discrimination and violence in the South and the North. Literary critics believe his work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century. (Submitted on July 29, 2017.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicWomen
 
<i>Portrait of Willa Cather</i> image. Click for full size.
By Carl Van Vechten, January 22, 1936
4. Portrait of Willa Cather
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
<i>Portrait of Richard Wright</i> image. Click for full size.
By Carl Van Vechten, June 23, 1939
5. Portrait of Richard Wright
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 29, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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