Bronzeville | Housing

A Space of His Own

The decade Richard Wright spent in Chicago was packed with life transitions and centered by his initiation into becoming a Chicago writer

Lily Cozzens

Some of author Richard Wright’s most famous works, such as Native Son, are set in Chicago. He moved here in 1927, at the age of nineteen, but it wasn’t until two years later that Wright was able to afford a home with space for his writing: a four-room apartment in a two-flat at 4831 South Vincennes Avenue.