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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JUST ABOVE MY HEAD by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1979

"Bathos aplenty, anger folded-down too minutely, energy frittered—a book that seems to have imploded along the way."
A big new novel by James Baldwin is always of major interest, and there are scenes here of Baldwin at his earthy, lyrical best. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL FINDS WORK by James Baldwin
Released: May 3, 1976

"One might quarrel with such a sweeping put-down, but as it is his films are touchstones for his own experiences in fear and trembling."
This, Baldwin's unexpected consideration of movie-made America, has some of the same sad sweetness of his last novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Read full book review >

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BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE by James Baldwin
Released: June 15, 1964

There will be firm literary as well as theatrical interest in Baldwin's new play which examines prejudice in a small Southern town responsible for the murder of a young Negro. Read full book review >

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NOTES OF A NATIVE SON by James Baldwin
Released: Nov. 10, 1955

"Exceptional writing."
The collected "pieces" of the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain form a compelling unit as he applies the high drama of poetry and sociology to a penetrating analysis of the Negro experience on the American and European scene. 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 >