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The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings


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A revelation of an American literary master: a gathering of essays, articles, polemics, reviews, and interviews that have never before appeared in book form.

James Baldwin was one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century, renowned for his fierce engagement with issues haunting our common history. In The Cross of Redemption we have Baldwin discoursing on, among other subjects, the possibility of an African-American president and what it might mean; the hypocrisy of American religious fundamentalism; the black church in America; the trials and tribulations of black nationalism; anti-Semitism; the blues and boxing; Russian literary masters; and the role of the writer in our society.

Prophetic and bracing, The Cross of Redemption is a welcome and important addition to the works of a cosmopolitan and canonical American writer who still has much to teach us about race, democracy, and personal and national identity. As Michael Ondaatje has remarked, “If Van Gogh was our nineteenth-century artist-saint, James Baldwin [is] our twentieth-century one.”

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A treasury of essays, articles and reviews by the late author of Giovanni's Room includes pieces that explore such topics as religious fundamentalism, Russian literature and the possibility of an African-American president.

About the Author

JAMES BALDWIN was born in 1924 and died in 1987. Among his more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction are Giovanni’s Room, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, and The Fire Next Time.

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Table of Contents

Looking for James Baldwin — Essays and speeches. Mass culture and the creative artist : some personal notes ; A word from writer directly to reader ; From Nationalism, colonialism, and the United States : one minute to twelve : a forum ; Theater : the Negro in and out ; Is A Raisin in the Sun a lemon in the dark? ; As much truth as one can bear ; Geraldine Page : bird of light ; From What's the reason why? : a symposium by best-selling authors : James Baldwin on Another Country ; The artist's struggle for integrity ; We can change the country ; Why I stopped hating Shakespeare ; The uses of the blues ; What price freedom? ; The white problem ; Black power ; The price may be too high ; The nigger we invent ; Speech from the Soledad rally ; A challenge to bicentennial candidates ; The news from all the northern cities is, to understate it, grim : the state of the union is catastrophic ; Lorraine Hansberry at the summit ; On language, race, and the black writer ; Of the sorrow songs : the cross of redemption ; Black English : a dishonest argument ; This far and no further ; On being white...and other lies ; Blacks and Jews ; To crush a serpent --Profiles. The fight : Patterson vs. Liston ; Sidney Poitier — Letters. Letters from a journey ; The international war crimes tribunal ; Anti-semitism and black power ; An open letter to my sister Angela Y. Davis ; A letter to prisoners ; The fire this time : letter to the bishop — Forewords and afterwords. A quarter-century of un-Americana ; Memoirs of a bastard angel : a fifty-year literary and erotic odyssey by Harold Norse ; The Negro in New York : an informal social history, 1626-1940, edited by Roi Ottley and William J. Weatherby ; Daddy was a number runner, by Louise Merriwether ; A lonely rage, by Bobby Seale — Book reviews. Best short stories, by Maxim Gorky ; Mother, by Maxim Gorky ; The Amboy dukes, by Irving Shulman ; The sure hand of God, by Erskine Caldwell ; The sling and the arrow, by Stuart Engstrand ; Novels and stories, by Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by V.S. Pritchett; and Robert Louis Stevenson, by David Daiches ; Flood crest, by Hodding Carter ; The moth, by James M. Cain ; The portable Russian reader, edited by Bernard Guilbert Guerney ; The Negro newspaper, by Vishnu V. Oak ; Jim Crow America, by Earl Conrad ; The high cost of prejudice, by Bucklin Moon ; The Protestant Church and the Negro, by Frank S. Loescher ; Color and conscience, by Buell G. Gallagher : From slavery to freedom, by John Hope Franklin : The Negro in America, by Arnold Rose ; The cool world, by Warren Miller ; Essays, by Seymour Krim ; The arrangement, by Elia Kazan ; Aman's life : an autobiography, by Roger Wilkins — Fiction. The death of a prophet.

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Uncollected Writings
Pantheon Books
Kenan, Randall
Baldwin, James
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