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Novelist, essayist, and public intellectual, James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the postwar era, and one of the greatest African-American writers of this century. A self-described "transatlantic commuter" who spent much of his life in France, Baldwin joined cosmopolitan sophistication with a fierce engagement in social issues. Edited by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Library of America's Collected Essays—the most comprehensive gathering of Baldwin's nonfiction ever published—confirms him as a uniquely prophetic voice in American letters.

With burning passion and jabbing, epigrammatic wit, Baldwin fearlessly articulated issues of race and democracy and American identity in such famous essays as "The Harlem Ghetto," "Everybody's Protest Novel," "Many Thousands Gone," and "Stranger in the Village." Here are the complete texts of his early landmark collections, Notes of a Native Son (1955) and Nobody Knows My Name (1961), which established him as an essential intellectual voice of his time, fusing in unique fashion the personal, the literary, and the political. "One writes," he stated, "out of one thing only—one's own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give." With singular eloquence and unblinking sharpness of observation he lived up to his credo: "I want to be an honest man and a good writer."

The classic The Fire Next Time (1963), perhaps the most influential of his writings, is his most penetrating analysis of America's racial divide and an impassioned call to "end the racial nightmare...and change the history of the world." The later volumes No Name in the Street (1972) and The Devil Finds Work (1976) chart his continuing response to the social and political turbulence of his era and include his remarkable works of film criticism. A further 36 essays—nine of them previously uncollected—include some of Baldwin's earliest published writings, as well as revealing later insights into the language of Shakespeare, the poetry of Langston Hughes, and the music of Earl Hines.

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"Collected Essays" is the most comprehensive gathering of Baldwin's nonfiction ever published. The collection confirms his as a uniquely prophetic voice in American letters. Included are such famous essays as "The Harlem Ghetto", "Everybody's Protest Novel", Many Thousands Gone", and "Stranger in the Village".

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

About the Author

Toni Morrison, volume editor, is the author of a number of award-winning novels, including Love, Jazz, Beloved, Song of Solomon, Sula, and The Bluest Eye. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

Table of Contents

Notes of a native son — Nobody knows my name — The fire next time — No name in the street — The devil finds work.

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seilah, June 16, 2006 (view all comments by seilah)
Baldwin's Collected Essays is a comprehensive collection of Baldwin's forte, the non-fiction essay, put together thoughtfully by Toni Morrison and published with the authenticity and academic integrity of The Library of America. This collection is a constant source of inspiration on the literal pain of life from which the genius of writing emerges. Baldwin's works in these essays give the reader the intimate feeling of sitting across a room speaking directly with him. Further, this collection gives the fellow writer a testament with which to reaffirm his own humanity in order that he too may render to the world that re-evaluation which Baldwin so succinctly says the writer must do. In short, Baldwin's essays validate the duty of the writer to the very instant he realizes that task is his--lonely, but noble. The evidence of his journey to wisdom from struggle is his words left for the world to appreciate.
The book is in a word, classic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781883011529
Editor:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
Baldwin, James A.
Author:
Baldwin, James
Publisher:
Library of America
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Afro-american authors
Subject:
Baldwin, james, 1924-1987
Subject:
Baldwin, James
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Library of America (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
98
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
869
Dimensions:
8.26x5.04x1.10 in. 1.27 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , "Collected Essays" is the most comprehensive gathering of Baldwin's nonfiction ever published. The collection confirms his as a uniquely prophetic voice in American letters. Included are such famous essays as "The Harlem Ghetto", "Everybody's Protest Novel", Many Thousands Gone", and "Stranger in the Village".
"Synopsis" by , The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.
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