Leroi Jones - Amiri Baraka Reader

ISBN-10: 1560252383

ISBN-13: 9781560252382

Edition: 2nd 2000

Authors: Amiri Baraka, William J. Harris

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/22/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934, in Newark, New Jersey. He went to college at New York University and Howard University. After serving in the Air Force for more than two years, he was dishonorably discharged for reading communist texts. He attended graduate school at Columbia University and became involved in the Beat scene. In 1958, he founded the poetry magazine Yugen. He changed his name after the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X. He founded the Black Arts Repertory Theatre and School and led the Black Arts Movement, an aesthetic sibling to the Black Panthers. In 1964, Baraka's play, The Dutchman, won an Obie Award for Best American play and it was adapted into a film in 1967. His other plays include The Black Mass, The Toilet, and The Slave. His collections of poetry include Black Art, Black Magic, Home: Social Essays, and Preface to a Twenty-Volume Suicide Note. He received several awards during his lifetime including a PEN/Faulkner Award, a Rockefeller Foundation Award for Drama, and the Langston Hughes Award from City College of New York. In 1980, he began teaching at the State University of New York-Stony Brook, retiring from its African Studies department in 1994. He also taught at Rutgers University, George Washington University, Yale University, San Francisco State University, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. In 2002, he was named New Jersey's second poet laureate, but soon afterward became the center of a controversy concerning his 9/11 poem Somebody Blew Up America. He died after weeks of failing health on January 9, 2014 at the age of 79.

Preface to the Reader
Editor's Note
Introduction
Chronology
The Beat Period (1957-1962)
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note
Hymn for Lanie Poo
In Memory of Radio
Look for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today
Notes for a Speech
How You Sound??
The Transitional Period (1963-1965)
African Slaves/American Slaves: Their Music
Swing - From Verb to Noun
A contract. (for the destruction and rebuilding of Paterson
An Agony. As Now
A Poem for Willie Best
Short Speech to my Friends
The politics of rich painters
Rhythm and Blues
Crow Jane
For Crow Jane/Mama Death
Crow Jane's Manner
Crow Jane In High Society
Crow Jane The Crook
The dead lady canonized
I Substitute for the Dead Lecturer
Black Dada Nihilismus
Political Poem
The Liar
The Heretics
The Black Nationalist Period (1965-1974)
Cuba Libre
The Legacy of Malcolm X, and the Coming of the Black Nation
State/meant
The Screamers
Words
Jazz and the White Critic
The Changing Same (RandB and New Black Music)
A Poem Some People will have to Understand
Citizen Cain
Letter to E. Franklin Frazier
Leadbelly Gives an Autograph
Numbers, Letters
Western Front
T. T. Jackson sings
Return of the Native
A Poem for Black Hearts
SOS
Black Art
Poem for HalfWhite College Students
W. W.
Ka 'Ba
The World Is Full of Remarkable Things
Ieroy
Black People!
Great Goodness of Life (1966)
It's Nation Time
The Third World Marxist Period (1974-)
When We'll Worship Jesus
A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie!
The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Das Kapital
A Poem for Deep Thinkers
Pres Spoke in a Language
Dope
Am/Trak
The Revolutionary Tradition in Afro-American Literature
Aime Cesaire
Ngugi wa Thiongo
Error Farce
The Black Arts (Harlem, Politics, Search for a New Life)
Primitive World: An Anti-Nuclear Jazz Musical (play, 1983)
Wise 1
Wise 2
Wise 3
Wise 4
Wise 5
Wise 6
Wise 7
Wise 8
Wise 9
Wise 10
Rough Hand Dreamers (Wise 11)
A farmer come to the city (Wise 12)
Wise 13
The Black Arts Movement (essay, 1994)
Malcolm As Ideology (1995)
Robert Williams: An Introduction (unpublished)
Sweet Lorraine (essay, unpublished, performed as a tribute to Lorraine Hansberry, 1996)
Portrait of the Lion: Willie "The Lion" Smith, A Script for the New-Arkestra (musical drama, performed 1997-1998 at NJPAC and NYU)
Black Reconstruction: Du Bois and the U.S. Struggle for Democracy and Socialism (1998)
Allah Mean Everything! Pt One (poem, unpublished 1998)
Margaret Walker (essay, 1999)
Understanding Readiness (1999)
Sassy Was Definitely Not the Avon Lady (narrative, performed at Sassy Tribute, March 1999 NJPAC, published in Digging, 1999)
Mumia, "Lynch Law" and Imperialism (1999)
The Great Max Roach (1999)
My Man Came by the Crib the Other Day ... (short story, 1999)
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