Daddy Was a Number Runner

ISBN-10: 1558614427

ISBN-13: 9781558614420

Edition: 2003

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Description: Recently chosen by Essence magazine, this beloved modern classic tells the poignant story of a spirited young woman's coming of age in -Depression-era Harlem. While 12-year-old Francie Coffin's world and family threaten to fall apart, this remarkable young heroine must call upon her own wit and endurance to survive amidst the treacheries of racism and sexism, poverty and violence. "The novel's greatest achievement lies in the strong sense of black life that it conveys: the vitality and force behind the despair . . . a most -important novel."-New York Times Book Review

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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publication date: 12/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Louise Meriwether is author of six books, including the novels Daddy Was a Number Runner, Fragments of the Ark, and Shadow Dancing.

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin's father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin's recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing. Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country. Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987.

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