When his formal schooling ended at the age of 15, Richard Wright embarked upon a reading program of his own design. Unfortunately, his local Memphis public library enforced a "whites only" lending policy. Wright's solution? Forging a note from a supposed white patron: "Dear Madam," it read. "Will you please let this nigger boy have some books by H. L. Mencken?"
[In his last years in France, Wright wrote some 4,000 English haikus, many of which were published in a posthumous volume entitled Haiku: This Other World.]