Notes of a Native Son

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Beacon Press, 1984 - Social Science - 175 pages
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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
  

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brilliant, deep writer. - Goodreads
I do love Baldwin's punchy, brillant, pithy prose. - Goodreads
Good educational and autobiography read. - Goodreads
Haunting...masterful...a lot to learn for any writer. - Goodreads
Excellent writing throughout. - Goodreads
He himself was a great writer and poet. - Goodreads

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Baldwin writes about many things here, and he was writing about them in the 40's and 50's, so it's easy to fault him for the stuff he doesn't quite get right; I suspect, for example, that feminist ... Read full review

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"Notes of A Native Son" is a collection of James Baldwin's essays up to the mid-1950's. Subjects are as diverse as a criticism of the movie "Carmen Jones" to his tale of Christmas spent in a Parisian ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
vii
Preface to the 1984 Edition
ix
Autobiographical Notes
3
Everybodys Protest Novel
13
Many Thousands Gone
24
The Dark Is Light Enough
46
The Harlem Ghetto
57
Journey to Atlanta
73
Notes of a Native Son
85
Black Meets Brown
117
A Question of Identity
124
Equal in Paris
138
Stranger in the Village
159
Copyright

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About the author (1984)

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.

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