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date: 12 August 2020

Outsider, The, 

The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

James D. Hart

novel by Richard Wright, published in 1953.Cross Damon, a black man who works in the Chicago post office, is caught in a subway accident but escapes without serious injury, though because of a mistaken identity his death is announced. He decides to take advantage of this error to start life anew and thus free himself of his entanglements with women and debts. He goes to New York to live under an assumed name and before long becomes enmeshed in the Communist party. By it he is used as a murderer, until he is himself killed by a Party member.... ...

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