Richard Wright's "Island of Hallucination" and the "Gibson Affair."

Gibson, Richard
December 2005
Modern Fiction Studies;Winter2005, Vol. 51 Issue 4, p896
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the complex realities of French racial attitudes growing out of colonial expansion and the steady increase of African and Asian immigrants in France since the First World War. The "Gibson Affair" was a scandal that rocked the African American community in Paris, France in late 1957 and provoked tremors that continued long after. The author thinks that the book "Island of Hallucination" is an important document about author Richard Wright's state of mind at the end of his life and reveals the tensions and the sad delusions that moved some leading figures in the African American community in Paris in the 1950s.


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