Search Results: "James Baldwin"


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JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >

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JAMES BALDWIN by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

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JAMES BALDWIN by David Leeming
Released: April 10, 1994

"Boswell,'' the biographer is clearly not that, either."
This fourth life of writer James Baldwin won't give a bad name to authorized biographies, but neither will it elevate the suspect genre to new heights. Read full book review >

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JAMES BALDWIN by Randall Kenan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Further Reading'' (adult); chronology; index. (Biography. YA)"
A vivid, intelligent portrait of the outstanding author and African American, first of Chelsea's Lives of Notable Gay Men and Lesbians. Read full book review >

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JAMES BALDWIN: Artist on Fire by W.J. Weatherby
Released: March 28, 1989

James Baldwin—distinguished novelist and essayist, passionate advocate for civil rights, "witness" (his own self-description) of enormous personal magnetism, and associate of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy—is a dream subject for a literary biographer; and if Baldwin hasn't found his dream biographer in Weatherby (Conversations with Marilyn; Squaring Off: Mailer versus Baldwin), the result here is at least serviceable and often absorbing. Read full book review >

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THE AMEN CORNER by James Baldwin
Released: June 12, 1967

"Symphonic in structure, mixing religious and sexual motifs, encompassing various shades of characters and situations against the background of a boat trip up the Hudson, 'The Outing' is memorable in every sense; funny, sad, colorful, it is a triumphant performance."
With the exception of "The Man Child," a macabre, faintly Lawrentian study of repressed love between two white men in the rural South, all of Baldwin's tales here deal in one form or another with the Negro problem. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 28, 1985

Perhaps only a young black writer as prickly as the early Baldwin himself should review this, though at first it seems unreviewable by a black of any age, since Baldwin begins by rejecting blackness or negritude itself as a self-defeating, even strangling self-categorization. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MAN, LITTLE MAN by James Baldwin
Released: Aug. 31, 1977

"Cazac's water-colored drawings are childlike as well, which suits the viewpoint, though here some discreet adult tempering might have strengthened the package."
This is billed as "a children's story for adults, an adult story for children"; it comes through at about an eight-year-old level; and it's told from the viewpoint, and in the idiom, of a four-year-old who seems a bit older. Read full book review >

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1974

"But Baldwin makes the affirmation of the humanity of black people which is all too missing in various kinds of Superfly and sub-fly novels."
This new Baldwin novel is told by a 19-year-old black girl named Tish in a New York City ghetto about how she fell in love with a young black man, Fonny. Read full book review >

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GOING TO MEET THE MAN by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1965

"Symphonic in structure, mixing religious and sexual motifs, encompassing various shades of characters and situations against the background of a boat trip up the Hudson, 'The Outing' is memorable in every sense; funny, sad, colorful, it is a triumphant performance."
With the exception of "The Man Child," a macabre, faintly Lawrentian study of repressed love between two white men in the rural South, all of Baldwin's tales here deal in one form or another with the Negro problem. Read full book review >

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TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 1968

"On the Latter Day locomotive, a soporific toot."
Train's been gone some time. Read full book review >