Notes of A Native Son

Notes of A Native Son

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Random House, Inc.
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

Houghton
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.



Baker & Taylor
A Black writer records his response to the conditions of Black life and white racism

Baker
& Taylor

A Black writer records his response to the conditions of Black life and white racism. Reissue.

Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c1984, c1955
ISBN: 9780745300597
0745300596
9780807064313
0807064319
Branch Call Number: 305.896 B193n
Characteristics: xvi, 175 p. ; 21 cm

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Sep 13, 2017

There's been renewed interest in James Baldwin over the past few years, partly because of the film "I Am Not Your Negro" and partly because his essays about race in America are as relevant, if not more, as when they were written. Baldwin was the rare writer who excelled at both fiction ("Go Tell It On the Mountain," "Giovanni's Room") and essays, the most famous of which is "The Fire Next Time." His voice in these essays is sharp, articulate, quietly angry, and uncompromising about the racial tensions he saw in this country. This collection touches on his biography (the title essay), the protest novel, his experiences in France, where he moved, and the film "Carmen Jones." If you haven't read anything by him, now's a great time to start. Introduction by author Edward P. Jones ("The Known World").

Notes of a Native son was a reading assignment for class, it wasn't overly interesting, but definitely not the most boring school-assignment book. We only read the "Note Of A Native Son" essay section. I really liked its clear and inspiring message.

- Mary, age 16

ser_library May 10, 2012

wonderful writing and a sensitive portrayal of feelings of a black american

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