Sarah E. Wright

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Sarah Elizabeth Wright (December 9, 1928 – September 13, 2009)[1] was an American writer. Her novel This Child's Gonna Live, published in 1969, was acclaimed by critics and "was among the first to focus on the confluence of race, class and sex".[1] The New York Times named it "outstanding book of 1969" and it was called a "small masterpiece".[2][3]


Sarah Elizabeth Wright was born in Wetipquin, Maryland, and began writing poetry at the age of eight.[1] She attended Salisbury Colored High School, then entered Howard University. In the late 1940s she moved to Philadelphia and a decade later to New York City.[1] Although This Child's Gonna Live (Delacorte Press, 1969) was her only published novel, she spent many years working on a second novel, which was never completed.[1] She also published critical essays, a volume of poetry entitled Give Me a Child (Kraft Publishing, 1955, with Lucy Smith); and a nonfiction book for young people, A. Philip Randolph: Integration in the Workplace (Silver Burdett, 1990). Wright was a former vice-president of the Harlem Writers Guild and was involved in many political causes.[1] These included African and African-American liberation, as well as anti-war work. Her novel is featured in the exhibit concerning the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the African-American Museum of History and Culture.

Wright died in Manhattan, New York, at the age of 80.


  • Sarah E. Wright, Lucy Smith: Give Me a Child. Kraft Publishing Co., 1955 (poetry).
  • This Child's Gonna Live. Delacorte Press, 1969. ISBN 1-55861-397-8
  • Black Art History: A Curriculum for Middle School. California State University. 1976.
  • A. Philip Randolph: Integration in the Workplace. Silver Burdett Press, 1990. ISBN 0-382-09922-2


  1. ^ a b c d e f Fox, Margalit (2009-10-02). "Sarah E. Wright, Novelist of Black Experience in the Depression, Dies at 80". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  2. ^ "Novelist Sarah E. Wright Dies at Age 80". 2009-10-05. Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  3. ^ Shane Stevens in The Times Book Review, June 29, 1969.