Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780345806550
Available:
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

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 270
ISBN: 3836551039
Available:
Release: 2017
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in 1963, James Baldwin's A Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America's so-called ldquo;Negro problemrdquo;. As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its uncompromising account of black experience in the United States, it is considered to this day one of the most articulate and influential expressions of 1960s race relations. The book consists of two essays, ldquo;My Dungeon Shook mdash; Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation,rdquo; and ldquo;Down At The Cross mdash; Letter from a Region of My Mind.rdquo; It weaves thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the so-say ldquo;land of the freerdquo;, insisting on the inequality implicit to American society. ldquo;You were born where you were born and faced the future that you facedrdquo;, Baldwin writes to his nephew, ldquo;because you were black and for no other reason.rdquo; His profound sense of injustice is matched by a robust belief in ldquo;monumental dignityrdquo;, in patience, empathy, and the possibility of transforming America into ldquo;what America must become.rdquo;

Conversations with James Baldwin

Conversations with James Baldwin
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 297
ISBN: 0878053891
Available:
Release: 1989
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Selected interviews with the American writer shares his observations on his life and career, politics, Civil Rights, and the role of the artist

James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author: David Adams Leeming,David Leeming
Pages: 442
ISBN: UOM:39015032942362
Available:
Release: 1994
Editor: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the life of the twentieth-century's most influential Black writer, discussing his literary works, his homosexuality, and his struggle against white society's denial of African American identity

Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780807006245
Available:
Release: 2012-11-20
Editor: Beacon Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. With documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro bringing renewed interest to Baldwin's life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction. Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in “The Harlem Ghetto” to a sobering “Journey to Atlanta.” Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. Notes is the book that established Baldwin’s voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin’s own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.

Another Country

Another Country
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 436
ISBN: 9780679744719
Available:
Release: 1962
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Eight people become entangled in a web of interpersonal relationships, doomed to become as savage and destructive as the society which oppresses them

The Fire Is Upon Us

The Fire Is Upon Us
Author: Nicholas Buccola
Pages: 504
ISBN: 9780691210773
Available:
Release: 2020-09
Editor: Princeton University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"In February 1965, novelist and 'poet of the Black Freedom Struggle' James Baldwin and political commentator and father of the modern American conservative movement William F. Buckley met in Cambridge Union to face-off in a televised debate. The topic was 'The American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro.' Buccola uses this momentous encounter as a lens through which to deepen our understanding of two of the most important public intellectuals in twentieth century American thought. The book begins by providing intellectual biographies of each debater. As Buckley reflected on the civil rights movement, he did so from the perspective of someone who thought the dominant norms and institutions in the United States were working quite well for most people and that they would eventually work well for African-Americans. From such a perspective, any ideology, personality, or movement that seems to threaten those dominant norms and institutions must be deemed a threat. Baldwin could not bring himself to adopt such a bird's eye point of view. Instead, he focused on the 'inner lives' of those involved on all sides of the struggle. Imagine what it must be like, he told the audience at Cambridge, to have the sense that your country has not 'pledged its allegiance to you?' Buccola weaves the intellectual biographies of these two larger-than-life personalities and their fabled debate with the dramatic history of the civil rights movement that includes a supporting cast of such figures as Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and George Wallace. Buccola shows that the subject of their debate continues to have resonance in our own time as the social mobility of blacks remains limited and racial inequality persists"--

Vintage Baldwin

Vintage Baldwin
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 201
ISBN: 9781400033942
Available:
Release: 2004
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

An anthology of writings by the great African-American writer includes short stories, essays, and novel and play exerpts, including such works as "Sonny's Blues," "Emancipation" from The Fire Next Time, "The Discovery of What It Means to Be an American," and selections from Another Country. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Another Country

Another Country
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 425
ISBN: 9780141186375
Available:
Release: 2001-09-11
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Published in 1962, this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race and liberal America in the 1960s. Set in Greenwhich Village, Harlem and France, ANOTHER COUNTRY tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way.

James Baldwin s Turkish Decade

James Baldwin   s Turkish Decade
Author: Magdalena J. Zaborowska
Pages: 412
ISBN: 0822392402
Available:
Release: 2008-12-26
Editor: Duke University Press
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Between 1961 and 1971 James Baldwin spent extended periods of time in Turkey, where he worked on some of his most important books. In this first in-depth exploration of Baldwin’s “Turkish decade,” Magdalena J. Zaborowska reveals the significant role that Turkish locales, cultures, and friends played in Baldwin’s life and thought. Turkey was a nurturing space for the author, who by 1961 had spent nearly ten years in France and Western Europe and failed to reestablish permanent residency in the United States. Zaborowska demonstrates how Baldwin’s Turkish sojourns enabled him to re-imagine himself as a black queer writer and to revise his views of American identity and U.S. race relations as the 1960s drew to a close. Following Baldwin’s footsteps through Istanbul, Ankara, and Bodrum, Zaborowska presents many never published photographs, new information from Turkish archives, and original interviews with Turkish artists and intellectuals who knew Baldwin and collaborated with him on a play that he directed in 1969. She analyzes the effect of his experiences on his novel Another Country (1962) and on two volumes of his essays, The Fire Next Time (1963) and No Name in the Street (1972), and she explains how Baldwin’s time in Turkey informed his ambivalent relationship to New York, his responses to the American South, and his decision to settle in southern France. James Baldwin’s Turkish Decade expands the knowledge of Baldwin’s role as a transnational African American intellectual, casts new light on his later works, and suggests ways of reassessing his earlier writing in relation to ideas of exile and migration.

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780525566120
Available:
Release: 2018-10-30
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncerain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions -- affection, despair, and hope."--Page 4 of cover

James Baldwin The Last Interview

James Baldwin   The Last Interview
Author: James Baldwin,Quincy Troupe
Pages: 128
ISBN: 1612194001
Available:
Release: 2014-12-02
Editor: Melville House Pub
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

'I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.' James Baldwin lived by that creed. When, in the fall of 1987, the poet Quincy Troupe travelled to the south of France to interview a critically ill James Baldwin, they knew it was his last chance to speak at length about his life and work. The result is one of the most eloquent and revelatory interviews of Baldwin's career, ranging widely over his youth in Harlem, his friendship with Miles Davis and Toni Morrison and his thoughts on race.

James Baldwin

James Baldwin
Author: Harold Bloom
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9780791093658
Available:
Release: 2007-01-01
Editor: Infobase Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of essays presenting critiques and analysis of the major works of the African American author.

Re viewing James Baldwin

Re viewing James Baldwin
Author: Daniel Quentin Miller
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1566397375
Available:
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.

Begin Again

Begin Again
Author: Eddie S. Glaude
Pages: 239
ISBN: 9780525575320
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Crown Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the Civil Rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle? "Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again." --James Baldwin We live, according to Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., in the after times, when the promise of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America were challenged by the election of Donald Trump, a racist president whose victory represents yet another failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race. We have been here before: For James Baldwin, the after times came in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, when a similar attempt to compel a national confrontation with the truth was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In these years, spanning from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin was transformed into a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair. In the story of Baldwin's crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography--drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews--with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude's attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.

The Cross of Redemption

The Cross of Redemption
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 365
ISBN: 9780307275967
Available:
Release: 2011
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

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.

Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin

Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin
Author: Trudier Harris
Pages: 229
ISBN: 0870495348
Available:
Release: 1987-06
Editor: Univ. of Tennessee Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

James Baldwin s God

James Baldwin s God
Author: Clarence E. Hardy
Pages: 147
ISBN: 1572332301
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Univ. of Tennessee Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"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

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 106
ISBN: 9780679744726
Available:
Release: 1993
Editor: Vintage
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The powerful evocation of a childhood in Harlem that helped to galvanize the early days of the civil rights movement examines the deep consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic. Reissue. 20,000 first printing.

Little Man Little Man

Little Man  Little Man
Author: James Baldwin
Pages: 120
ISBN: 147800004X
Available:
Release: 2018
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now available for the first time in nearly forty years, James Baldwin's only children's book Little Man, Little Man follows the day to day life of the four year old protagonist TJ and his friends in their 1970s Harlem neighborhood as they encounter the social realities of being black in America.