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Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories (Library of America)

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Publisher Comments:

Here, in a Library of America volume edited by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, is the fiction that established James Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism and rare verbal eloquence. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), tells the story, rooted in Baldwin's own experience, of a preacher's son coming of age in 1930's Harlem. Ten years in the writing, its exploration of religious, sexual, and generational conflicts was described by Baldwin as "an attempt to exorcise something, to find out what happened to my father, what happened to all of us." Giovanni's Room (1956) is a searching, and in its day controversial, treatment of the tragic self-delusions of a young American expatriate at war with his own homosexuality. Another Country (1962), a wide-ranging exploration of America's racial and sexual boundaries, depicts the suicide of a gifted jazz musician and its ripple effect on those who knew him. Complex in structure and turbulent in mood, it is in many ways Baldwin's most ambitious novel. Going to Meet the Man (1965) collects Baldwin's short fiction, including the masterful "Sonny's Blues," the unforgettable portrait of a jazz musician struggling with drug addiction in which Baldwin came closest to defining his goal as a writer: "For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness."

Synopsis:

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. "Early Novels and Stories" presents the novels and short stories that established Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism with rare verbal eloquence. This volume includes his first novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (1953), "Giovanni's Room" (1956), and other early works. 992 pp.

Synopsis:

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

Go tell it on the mountain — Giovanni's room — Another country — Going to meet the man.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781883011512
Editor:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
Morrison, Toni
Author:
Baldwin, James A.
Author:
Baldwin, James
Publisher:
Library of America
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Library of America (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
52
Publication Date:
19980231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
992
Dimensions:
8.23x5.30x1.26 in. 1.39 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 992 pages Library of America - English 9781883011512 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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. "Early Novels and Stories" presents the novels and short stories that established Baldwin's reputation as a writer who fused unblinking realism with rare verbal eloquence. This volume includes his first novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain" (1953), "Giovanni's Room" (1956), and other early works. 992 pp.
"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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