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Notes of a Native Son

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Publisher Comments:

A new edition published on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Baldwin’s death, including a new introduction by an important contemporary writer

 

Since its original publication in 1955, this first nonfiction collection of essays by James Baldwin remains an American classic. His impassioned essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written.

 

“A straight-from-the-shoulder writer, writing about the troubled problems of this troubled earth with an illuminating intensity.” —Langston Hughes, The New York Times Book Review

 

“Written with bitter clarity and uncommon grace.” —Time

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written.

About the Author

James Baldwin (1924–1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of America's foremost writers. His essays, such as “Notes of a Native Son” (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-twentieth-century America. A Harlem, New York, native, he primarily made his home in the south of France.

 

His novels include Giovanni’s Room (1956), about a white American expatriate who must come to terms with his homosexuality, and Another Country (1962), about racial and gay sexual tensions among New York intellectuals. His inclusion of gay themes resulted in much savage criticism from the black community. Going to Meet the Man (1965) and Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone (1968) provided powerful descriptions of American racism. As an openly gay man, he became increasingly outspoken in condemning discrimination against lesbian and gay people.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Edward P. Jones

Acknowledgments

Preface to the 1984 Edition

Autobiographical Notes 

Part One

Everybody's Protest Novel

Many Thousands Gone

Carmen Jones: The Dark is Light Enough

Part Two

The Harlem Ghetto

Journey to Atlanta

Notes of a Native Son

Part Three

Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown

A Question of Identity

Equal in Paris

Stranger in the Village

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807006115
Author:
Baldwin, James
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Jones, Edward P.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
African-American & Black
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
8.77 x 5.72 x 0.79 in 0.88 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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