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Conversations with James Baldwin

Conversations with James Baldwin
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date : 1989
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :297
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Selected interviews with the American writer shares his observations on his life and career, politics, Civil Rights, and the role of the artist

Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Beacon Press
Release Date : 1984
Category : Social Science
Total pages :175
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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. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 2013-09-17
Category : Political Science
Total pages :128
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An official Oprah Winfrey’s “The Books That Help Me Through” selection A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation, gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. "Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” --Ta-Nehisi Coates At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.

The Cross of Redemption

The Cross of Redemption
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 2011
Category : Literary Collections
Total pages :400
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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.

The Book-lover

The Book-lover
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1895
Category : Best books
Total pages :222
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James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author : Harold Bloom
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Release Date : 2007-01-01
Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
Total pages :226
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A collection of essays presenting critiques and analysis of the major works of the African American author.

Collected Essays

Collected Essays
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Library of America James Baldwin Edition
Release Date : 1998
Category : HISTORY
Total pages :869
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A comprehensive compilation of Baldwin's previously published, nonfiction writings encompasses essays on America's racial divide, the social and political turbulence of his time, and his insights into the poetry of Langston Hughes and the music of Earl Hines.

Re-viewing James Baldwin

Re-viewing James Baldwin
Author : Daniel Quentin Miller
Publisher : Temple University Press
Release Date : 2000
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :256
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This new collection of essays presents a critical reappraisal of James Baldwin's work, looking beyond the commercial and critical success of some of Baldwin's early writings such as Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son. Focusing on Baldwin's critically undervalued early works and the virtually neglected later ones, the contributors illuminate little-known aspects of this daring author's work and highlight his accomplishments as an experimental writer. Attentive to his innovations in style and form, Things Not Seen reveals an author who continually challenged cultural norms and tackled matters of social justice, sexuality, and racial identity. As volume editor D. Quentin Miller notes, "what has been lost is a complete portrait of [Baldwin's] tremendously rich intellectual journey that illustrates the direction of African-American thought and culture in the late twentieth century." This is an important book for anyone interested in Baldwin's work. It will engage readers interested in literature and African-American Studies. Author note: D. Quentin Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN.

James Baldwin's God

James Baldwin's God
Author : Clarence E. Hardy
Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
Release Date : 2003
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :147
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"James Baldwin's relationship with black Christianity, and especially his rejection of it, exposes the anatomy of a religious heritage that has not been wrestled with sufficiently in black theological and religious studies. In James Baldwin's God: Sex, Hope, and Crisis in Black Holiness Culture, Clarence Hardy demonstrates that Baldwin is important not only for the ways he is connected to black religious culture, but also for the ways he chooses to disconnect himself from it. Despite Baldwin's view that black religious expression harbors a sensibility that is often vengeful and that its actual content is composed of illusory promises and empty theatrics, he remains captive to its energies, rhythms, languages, and themes. Baldwin is forced, on occasion, to acknowledge that the religious fervor he saw as an adolescent was not simply an expression of repressed sexual tension but also a sign of the irrepressible vigor and dignified humanity of black life." "In one of his later extended essays, James Baldwin remembered how his stepfather, David Baldwin, a one-time Baptist minister, died because of his "unreciprocated love for the Great God Almighty," James Baldwin's God engages most directly those aspects of Baldwin's work that address the substance and character of this unrequited love for a Christian God that is depicted as both silent before black suffering and as white - i.e., actively opposed to the flourishing of black life. Despite his consistent portrayal of a black holiness culture full of energy and passion, Baldwin implicitly condemns the fact that the principal backdrop to black people's conversion to Christianity in the United States is shame and not hope. Hardy's reading of Baldwin's texts, with its goal of understanding Baldwin's attitude toward a religion that revolves around an uncaring God in the face of black suffering, provides provocative reading for scholars of religion, literature, and history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author : Lisa Rosset
Publisher : Holloway House Publishing
Release Date : 1990
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :169
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After writing several controversial articles about racism in America, Baldwin moved to Europe and started a career in novel writing. His impassioned style of writing conveyed an urgent need for change in the black ghetto life and he came to be looked upon as the leading spokesman on racial affairs.

James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain

James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain
Author : Carol E. Henderson
Publisher : Peter Lang
Release Date : 2006
Category : History
Total pages :162
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The publication of James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain ushered in a new age of the urban telling of a tale twice told yet rarely expressed in such vivid portraits. Go Tell It unveils the struggle of man with his God and that of man with himself. Baldwin's intense scrutiny of the spiritual and communal customs that serve as moral centers of the black community directs attention to the striking incongruities of religious fundamentalism and oppression. This book examines these multiple impulses, challenging the widely held convention that politics and religion do not mix.

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Author : James Baldwin
Publisher : Vintage
Release Date : 2013-09-17
Category : Fiction
Total pages :272
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“Mountain,” Baldwin said, “is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.

James Baldwin's Later Fiction

James Baldwin's Later Fiction
Author : Lynn O. Scott
Publisher : MSU Press
Release Date : 2002-02-28
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :224
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James Baldwin’s Later Fiction examines the decline of Baldwin’s reputation after the middle 1960s, his tepid reception in mainstream and academic venues, and the ways in which critics have often mis-represented and undervalued his work. Scott develops readings of Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Just Above My Head that explore the interconnected themes in Baldwin’s work: the role of the family in sustaining the arts, the price of success in American society, and the struggle of black artists to change the ways that race, sex, and masculinity are represented in American culture. Scott argues that Baldwin’s later writing crosses the cultural divide between the 1950s and 1960s in response to the civil rights and black power movements. Baldwin’s earlier works, his political activism and sexual politics, and traditions of African American autobiography and fiction all play prominent roles in Scott’s analysis.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author : A. Scott Henderson,Paul Lee Thomas
Publisher : Springer
Release Date : 2014-05-05
Category : Education
Total pages :224
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"The recognition and study of African American (AA) artists and public intellectuals often include Martin Luther King, Jr., and occasionally Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Malcolm X. The literary canon also adds Ralph Ellison, Richard White, Langston Hughes, and others such as female writers Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker. Yet, the acknowledgement of AA artists and public intellectuals tends to skew the voices and works of those included toward normalized portrayals that fit wellwithin foundational aspects of the American myths refl ected in and perpetuated by traditional schooling. Further, while many AA artists and public intellectuals are distorted by mainstream media, public and political characterizations, and the curriculum, several powerful AA voices are simply omitted, ignored, including James Baldwin. This edited volume gathers a collection of essays from a wide range of perspectives that confront Baldwin’s impressive and challenging canon as well as his role as a public intellectual. Contributors also explore Baldwin as a confrontational voice during his life and as an enduring call for justice."

James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author : Randall Kenan,Amy Sickels
Publisher : Infobase Learning
Release Date : 2013
Category : JUVENILE NONFICTION
Total pages :129
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Presents an introduction to the life and works of the American author, discussing his novels, his participation in the Civil Rights Movement, and his life as an expatriate writer in France.