Giovanni s Room

Giovanni s Room
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 159
ISBN: 9781101907740
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Release: 2016
Editor: Everyman's Library
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The groundbreaking novel by one of the most important twentieth-century American writers--now in an Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics hardcover edition. Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality. David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. With sharp, probing insight, James Baldwin's classic narrative delves into the mystery of love and tells an impassioned, deeply moving story that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart. Introduction by Colm Toibín"--

Giovanni s Room

Giovanni s Room
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780141903989
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Release: 2001-10-04
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World' Baldwin's ground-breaking second novel, which established him as one of the great American writers of his time David, a young American in 1950s Paris, is waiting for his fiancée to return from vacation in Spain. But when he meets Giovanni, a handsome Italian barman, the two men are drawn into an intense affair. After three months David's fiancée returns and, denying his true nature, he rejects Giovanni for a 'safe' future as a married man. His decision eventually brings tragedy. Filled with passion, regret and longing, this story of a fated love triangle has become a landmark of gay writing. James Baldwin caused outrage as a black author writing about white homosexuals, yet for him the issues of race, sexuality and personal freedom were eternally intertwined. 'Exquisite... a feat of fire-breathing, imaginative daring' Guardian 'Excruciating beauty' San Francisco Chronicle 'Audacious... remarkable... elegant and courageous' Caryl Phillips

Giovanni s Room and Other Stories

Giovanni s Room and Other Stories
Author: Jamie Groccia
Pages: 282
ISBN: 9781984579935
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Release: 2020-06-08
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

There's no available information at this time. Author will provide once information is available.

Early Novels and Stories

Early Novels and Stories
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 970
ISBN: UOM:39015040147145
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Release: 1998
Editor: Library of America James Baldw
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of stories penned by one of the greatest African-American writers of the postwar era includes such works as Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, and Going to Meet the Man.

The Index of Self Destructive Acts

The Index of Self Destructive Acts
Author: Christopher Beha
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781947793927
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Release: 2020-05-05
Editor: Tin House Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“A significant novel, beautifully crafted and deeply felt. Beha creates a high bonfire of our era's vanities. . . .This is a novel to savor.”- Colum McCann Through baseball, finance, media, and religion, Beha traces the passing of the torch from the old establishment to the new meritocracy, exploring how each generation’s failure helped land us where we are today. What makes a life, Sam Waxworth sometimes wondered—self or circumstance? On the day Sam Waxworth arrives in New York to write for the Interviewer, a street-corner preacher declares that the world is coming to an end. A data journalist and recent media celebrity—he correctly forecast every outcome of the 2008 election—Sam knows a few things about predicting the future. But when projection meets reality, life gets complicated. His first assignment for the Interviewer is a profile of disgraced political columnist Frank Doyle, known to Sam for the sentimental works of baseball lore that first sparked his love of the game. When Sam meets Frank at Citi Field for the Mets’ home opener, he finds himself unexpectedly ushered into Doyle’s crumbling family empire. Kit, the matriarch, lost her investment bank to the financial crisis; Eddie, their son, hasn’t been the same since his second combat tour in Iraq; Eddie’s best friend from childhood, the fantastically successful hedge funder Justin Price, is starting to see cracks in his spotless public image. And then there’s Frank’s daughter, Margo, with whom Sam becomes involved—just as his wife, Lucy, arrives from Wisconsin. While their lives seem inextricable, none of them know how close they are to losing everything, including each other. Sweeping in scope yet meticulous in its construction, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts is a remarkable family portrait and a masterful evocation of New York City and its institutions. Over the course of a single baseball season, Christopher Beha traces the passing of the torch from the old establishment to the new meritocracy, exploring how each generation’s failure helped land us where we are today. Whether or not the world is ending, Beha’s characters are all headed to apocalypses of their own making.

Of Mistresses Tigresses and Other Conquests

Of Mistresses  Tigresses and Other Conquests
Author: Giacomo Casanova
Pages: 109
ISBN: 0141034831
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Penguin Classics
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Love can be surprising. Love can be heartbreaking. Love can be an art. But love is the singular emotion that all humans rely on most . . . and crave endlessly, no matter what the cost. United by this theme of love, the nine titles in the Penguin Great Loves collection include tales of blissful and all- encompassing, doomed and tragic, erotic and absurd, seductive and adulterous, innocent and murderous love. A deeply moving addition to the Penguin Great Ideas and Great Journeys series, each gorgeously packaged book will challenge all expectations of love while celebrating the beauty of its existence. All books in this series: Cures for Love Doomed Love The Eaten Heart First Love Forbidden Fruit The Kreutzer Sonata A Mere Interlude Of Mistresses, Tigresses and Other Conquests The Seducer's Diary

Literature and Homosexuality

Literature and Homosexuality
Author: Michael J. Meyer
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9042005297
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Release: 2000
Editor: Rodopi
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Contains 13 essays, mostly written by American university-based professors of English, Hispanic language and literature, and women's studies, focusing on a variety of themes relating to lesbian and gay literature and the work of gay and lesbian authors. Lacks a subject index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Giovanni s Room by James Baldwin Book Analysis

Giovanni s Room by James Baldwin  Book Analysis
Author: Bright Summaries
Pages: 46
ISBN: 9782808018852
Available:
Release: 2019-04-08
Editor: BrightSummaries.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Unlock the more straightforward side of Giovanni’s Room with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. The Giovanni of the title is a handsome Italian barman whom the novel’s narrator and protagonist, a young American man called David, meets in a clandestine gay bar in Paris. Despite David’s conflicted feelings and prior relationship with a woman, the two men soon embark on an intense but volatile affair which ultimately ends in tragedy. James Baldwin was one of the most influential African-American writers of the 20th century. His best-known works include his novels Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room, and he also penned a wide range of essays on social rights issues. Find out everything you need to know about Giovanni’s Room in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Salvific Manhood

Salvific Manhood
Author: Ernest L. Gibson (III)
Pages: 252
ISBN: 9781496217912
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Release: 2019-10
Editor: U of Nebraska Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Salvific Manhood foregrounds the radical power of male intimacy and vulnerability in surveying each of James Baldwin's six novels. Asserting that manhood and masculinity hold the potential for both tragedy and salvation, Ernest L. Gibson III highlights the complex and difficult emotional choices Baldwin's men must make within their varied lives, relationships, and experiences. In Salvific Manhood, Gibson offers a new and compelling way to understand the hidden connections between Baldwin's novels. Thematically daring and theoretically provocative, he presents a queering of salvation, a nuanced approach that views redemption through the lenses of gender and sexuality. Exploring how fraternal crises develop out of sociopolitical forces and conditions, Salvific Manhood theorizes a spatiality of manhood, where spaces in between men are erased through expressions of intimacy and love. Positioned at the intersections of literary criticism, queer studies, and male studies, Gibson deconstructs Baldwin's wrestling with familial love, American identity, suicide, art, incarceration, and memory by magnifying the potent idea of salvific manhood. Ultimately, Salvific Manhood calls for an alternate reading of Baldwin's novels, introducing new theories for understanding the intricacies of African American manhood and American identity, all within a space where the presence of tragedy can give way to the possibility of salvation.​

Giovanni s Room

Giovanni s Room
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 248
ISBN: UCSC:32106002160320
Available:
Release: 1956
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

David, a young American expatriate in the south of France, becomes romantically involved ...

Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark
Author: Caryl Phillips
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780307425430
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this searing novel, Caryl Phillips reimagines the life of the first black entertainer in the U.S. to reach the highest levels of fame and fortune.After years of struggling for success on the stage, Bert Williams (1874—1922), the child of recent immigrants from the Bahamas, made the radical decision to don blackface makeup and play the “coon.” Behind this mask he became a Broadway headliner–as influential a comedian as Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and W. C. Fields, who called him “the funniest man I ever saw, and the saddest man I ever knew.” It is this dichotomy at Williams’ core that Phillips explores in this richly nuanced, brilliantly written novel, unblinking in its attention to the sinister compromises that make up an identity.

Reader s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies

Reader s Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies
Author: Timothy F. Murphy
Pages: 720
ISBN: 1579581420
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Release: 2000
Editor: Taylor & Francis
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A guide to existing academic literature on issues, persons, periods, and topics important in lesbian and gay studies. With a focus on book-length studies in English, entries offer a very brief introduction and a more detailed overview of the secondary literature, including the relative merits of each source under consideration. While the overall arrangement of entries is alphabetical, other means of access include a booklist, general indexes, cross references, and a thematic list (African American culture, AIDS, art and artists, Asian studies, biological sciences, lesbian and gay culture, education, family, gender studies, history, law, literature, media studies, medicine, music, performing arts, politics, psychology, philosophy and ethics, and others). Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro
Author: James Baldwin,Raoul Peck
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780525434696
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Release: 2017
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Transcript of the documentary film I am not your Negro, composed of unpublished and published writings, interviews, and letters by James Baldwin on the subject of racism in America.

Re viewing James Baldwin

Re viewing James Baldwin
Author: Daniel Quentin Miller
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1566397375
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Release: 2000
Editor: Temple University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780345806550
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Release: 2013-09-17
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In one of the greatest American classics, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity. 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. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin tells the story of the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Originally published in 1953, Baldwin said of his first novel, "Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." “With vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details ... [a] feverish story.” —The New York Times

Giovanni s Room

Giovanni s Room
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 248
ISBN: OCLC:1089512351
Available:
Release: 1963
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Just Above My Head

Just Above My Head
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 584
ISBN: 9780385334563
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Release: 2000
Editor: Delta
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Love and courage bind three extraordinary people--a former child evangelist, a famous gospel singer, and the latter's manager-brother--as they shape and are shaped by the events of the past three decades.

Swimming in the Dark

Swimming in the Dark
Author: Tomasz Jedrowski
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780062890023
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Release: 2020-04-28
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Named A Best Book of 2020 by NPR! “Imagine Call Me By Your Name set in Communist Poland and you'll get a sense of Jedrowski's moving debut about a consuming love affair amidst a country being torn apart.” — O, The Oprah Magazine “Captivating both for its shimmering surfaces and its terrifying depths. Tomasz Jedrowski is a remarkable writer.” — Justin Torres, bestselling author of We the Animals Set in early 1980s Poland against the violent decline of Communism, a tender and passionate story of first love between two young men who eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the political divide—a stunningly poetic and heartrending literary debut for fans of André Aciman, Garth Greenwell, and Alan Hollinghurst. When university student Ludwik meets Janusz at a summer agricultural camp, he is fascinated yet wary of this handsome, carefree stranger. But a chance meeting by the river soon becomes an intense, exhilarating, and all-consuming affair. After their camp duties are fulfilled, the pair spend a dreamlike few weeks in the countryside, bonding over an illicit copy of James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room. Inhabiting a beautiful, natural world removed from society and its constraints, Ludwik and Janusz fall deeply in love. But in their repressive Communist and Catholic society, the passion they share is utterly unthinkable. Once they return to Warsaw, the charismatic Janusz quickly rises in the political ranks of the party and is rewarded with a highly coveted government position. Ludwik is drawn toward impulsive acts of protest, unable to ignore rising food prices and the stark economic disparity around them. Their secret love and personal and political differences slowly begin to tear them apart as both men struggle to survive in a regime on the brink of collapse. Shifting from the intoxication of first love to the quiet melancholy of growing up and growing apart, Swimming in the Dark is a potent blend of romance, postwar politics, intrigue, and history. Lyrical and sensual, immersive and intense, Tomasz Jedrowski’s indelible and thought-provoking literary debut explores freedom and love in all its incarnations.

Masculinities in Black and White

Masculinities in Black and White
Author: J. Armengol
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781137482808
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Release: 2014-12-17
Editor: Springer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Inverting the traditional focus of ethnic studies on blackness as the object of scrutiny, this book explores dominant forms of white masculinity as seen by African American authors placed alongside certain white writers. Author analyzes texts by Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Frederick Douglass, and James Baldwin.

Passing and the Fictions of Identity

Passing and the Fictions of Identity
Author: Elaine K. Ginsberg,Donald E. Pease
Pages: 298
ISBN: 0822317648
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Release: 1996-04-29
Editor: Duke University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Passing refers to the process whereby a person of one race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation adopts the guise of another. Historically, this has often involved black slaves passing as white in order to gain their freedom. More generally, it has served as a way for women and people of color to access male or white privilege. In their examination of this practice of crossing boundaries, the contributors to this volume offer a unique perspective for studying the construction and meaning of personal and cultural identities. These essays consider a wide range of texts and moments from colonial times to the present that raise significant questions about the political motivations inherent in the origins and maintenance of identity categories and boundaries. Through discussions of such literary works as Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, The Autobiography of an Ex–Coloured Man, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Hidden Hand, Black Like Me, and Giovanni’s Room, the authors examine issues of power and privilege and ways in which passing might challenge the often rigid structures of identity politics. Their interrogation of the semiotics of behavior, dress, language, and the body itself contributes significantly to an understanding of national, racial, gender, and sexual identity in American literature and culture. Contextualizing and building on the theoretical work of such scholars as Judith Butler, Diana Fuss, Marjorie Garber, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Passing and the Fictions of Identity will be of value to students and scholars working in the areas of race, gender, and identity theory, as well as U.S. history and literature. Contributors. Martha Cutter, Katharine Nicholson Ings, Samira Kawash, Adrian Piper, Valerie Rohy, Marion Rust, Julia Stern, Gayle Wald, Ellen M. Weinauer, Elizabeth Young