Baldwin - Collected Essays Notes of a Native Son - Nobody Knows My Name - The Fire Next Time - No Name in the Street - The Devils Finds Work - Other Essays

ISBN-10: 1883011523

ISBN-13: 9781883011529

Edition: 1998

Authors: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Toni Morrison, Toni Morrison

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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 869
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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.

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio on February 18, 1931. She received a B.A. in English from Howard University in 1953 and a master's degree in English from Cornell University in 1955 with her thesis on the theme of suicide in modern literature. She taught at several universities including Texas Southern University, Howard University, and Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. Her other works include Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Paradise, Love, A Mercy, and Home. She has won several awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1977 for Song of Solomon, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. She also co-wrote children's books with her younger son, Slade Morrison, including The Big Box, The Book of Mean People, and Peeny Butter Fudge.

Notes of a Native Son
Autobiographical Notes
Everybody's Protest Novel
Many Thousands Gone
Carmen Jones: The Dark Is Light Enough
The Harlem Ghetto
Journey to Atlanta
Notes of a Native Son
Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown
A Question of Identity
Equal in Paris
Stranger in the Village
Nobody Knows My Name
The Discovery of What It Means To Be an American
Princes and Powers
Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem
East River, Downtown: Postscript to a Letter from Harlem
A Fly in Buttermilk
Nobody Knows My Name: A Letter from the South
Faulkner and Desegregation
In Search of a Majority
Notes for a Hypothetical Novel
The Male Prison
The Northern Protestant
Alas, Poor Richard
The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy
The Fire Next Time
My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew
Down at the Cross
No Name in the Street
The Devil Finds Work
Other Essays
Smaller Than Life
History as Nightmare
The Image of the Negro
Lockridge: 'The American Myth'
Preservation of Innocence
The Negro at Home and Abroad
The Crusade of Indignation
Sermons and Blues
On Catfish Row
They Can't Turn Back
The Dangerous Road Before Martin Luther King
The New Lost Generation
The Creative Process
A Talk to Teachers
"This Nettle, Danger ..."
Nothing Personal
Words of a Native Son
The American Dream and the American Negro
On the Painter Beauford Delaney
The White Man's Guilt
A Report from Occupied Territory
Negroes Are Anti-Semitic Because They're Anti-White
White Racism or World Community?
Sweet Lorraine
How One Black Man Came To Be an American
An Open Letter to Mr. Carter
Last of the Great Masters
Every Good-bye Ain't Gone
If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
Open Letter to the Born Again
Dark Days
Notes on the House of Bondage
Introduction to Notes of a Native Son, 1984
Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood
The Price of the Ticket
Note on the Texts
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