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Wright, Zara

Nothing is known of Zara Wright's background; she has been added to this site because of her controversial novel, Black and White Tangled Threads (1920) and its sequel Kenneth (1920), which are both set in Louisville, KY. Wright was living in Chicago when the fictional works were published. Both titles went out of print shortly afterwards, but AMS Press reprinted them in 1975. Zoleeta, the main character, discovers that she is the daughter of a mulatto woman and must confront her new identity and her planned marriage to a white southern planter, Paul Andrews. For more see Wright's novel and book reviews in the Chicago Defender, 12/25/1920; and A. A. Shockley, "The Little Orphan," Afro-American Women Writers, 1746-1933.

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