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    DescriptionA new edition of the book many have called James Baldwin's most influential work Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in "Notes of a Native Son "capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in "The Harlem Ghetto" to a sobering "Journey to Atlanta." "Notes of a Native Son" inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright's work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise. "Notes" is the book that established Baldwin's voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin's own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.


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    Title
    Notes of a Native Son
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Baldwin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 219 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780807006238
    ISBN 10: 0807006238
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    B&T Approval Code: C26100501
    DC23: 814.54
    LC classification: E185.61 .B2 2012
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    Publisher
    Beacon Press
    Imprint name
    Beacon Press
    Publication date
    17 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Boston, MA
    Author Information
    James Baldwin (1924-1987) was one of America's foremost writers. He is the author of several novels and books of nonfiction, including "Go Tell It on the Mountain," " Giovanni's Room," "Another Country," "Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone," "If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above My Head," " The Fire Next Time," "No Name in the Street," and "The Evidence of Things Not Seen," as well as a book of poetry, "Jimmy's Blues." Edward P. Jones is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Known World. "He won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award for his debut collection of stories, "Lost in the City." His second collection, "All Aunt Hagar's Children," was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
    Review quote
    "The wonderful thing about writers like Baldwin is the way we read them and come across passages that are so arresting we become breathless and have to raise our eyes from the page to keep from being spirited away." "--"Edward P. Jones, from his new introduction " " "Written with bitter clarity and uncommon grace." "--Time ""A straight-from-the-shoulder writer, writing about the troubled problems of this troubled earth with an illuminating intensity." "--"Langston Hughes, " The New York Times Book Review ""He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter . . . articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." --Henry Louis Gates Jr. " ""I owe a tremendous debt to the example of his work." --John Edgar Wideman " ""Baldwin's vision, his humor, his tragically beautiful style, make this a book [to] . . . turn to for a long time." --Kay Boyle, "The American Scholar"
    Table of contents
    Introduction by Edward P. Jones Acknowledgments Preface to the 1984 Edition Autobiographical Notes  Part One Everybody's Protest Novel  Many Thousands Gone Carmen Jones: The Dark is Light Enough Part Two The Harlem Ghetto Journey to Atlanta Notes of a Native Son Part Three Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown A Question of Identity Equal in Paris Stranger in the Village