Search Results: "James Baldwin"


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FAVORITE TALES OF LONG AGO by James Baldwin
Released: June 15, 1955

"Androcles and the Lion, The Story of Cincinnatus, George Washington and His Hatchet, Whittington and His Cat- these are some of the tales, the rest of which are just as familiar and just as available elsewhere."
Very brief recapitulations of some thirty retold legends spans time from prehistory to the 1700's and countries from Ancient Greece to the American colonies. 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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Released: Oct. 28, 1985

"In the process, he's delivered a stinging indictment of racial stagnation."
The Atlanta child murders comprise the starting point for this virtuoso polemic against racism in America. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER COUNTRY by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1962

"And this relentless insistence, despite a certain banality and naivete, ends by conveying a honest and despairing conviction of reality."
This novel about love, by a well-known Negro author, has received a good deal of advance publicity and will probably be widely read. Read full book review >

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A RAP ON RACE by Margaret Mead
Released: May 24, 1971

"Neither a confrontation nor a meeting of minds, this is only occasionally right on."
This encounter of scientific optimism and poetic pessimism has a 'ships that pass in the night' quality. Read full book review >

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THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION by James Baldwin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"There are too many ephemeral or weakly written pieces to appeal beyond Baldwin's devoted admirers, but the best of the '60s essays underscore the reasons his work endures."
A grab bag of pieces from novelist and firebrand Baldwin (1924-1987), varying in quality but marked by his trademark ferocity. Read full book review >

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A DIALOGUE by James Baldwin
Released: Aug. 20, 1973

"Black solidarity triumphs over the kind of tough honesty that is necessary if this sort of encounter is to work."
A short and vacuous semi-revised transcription of a discussion between the young black poet and well-known novelist taped for U.S. television late in 1971. 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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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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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 >