The Fire Next Time Book

The Fire Next Time


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 3836551039

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The Fire Next Time Excerpt :

First published in 1963, James Baldwin's A Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America's so-called ldquo;Negro problemrdquo;. As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its uncompromising account of black experience in the United States, it is considered to this day one of the most articulate and influential expressions of 1960s race relations. The book consists of two essays, ldquo;My Dungeon Shook mdash; Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation,rdquo; and ldquo;Down At The Cross mdash; Letter from a Region of My Mind.rdquo; It weaves thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the so-say ldquo;land of the freerdquo;, insisting on the inequality implicit to American society. ldquo;You were born where you were born and faced the future that you facedrdquo;, Baldwin writes to his nephew, ldquo;because you were black and for no other reason.rdquo; His profound sense of injustice is matched by a robust belief in ldquo;monumental dignityrdquo;, in patience, empathy, and the possibility of transforming America into ldquo;what America must become.rdquo;

James Baldwin Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

James Baldwin


  • Author : David Leeming
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-02-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781628724691

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James Baldwin Excerpt :

James Baldwin was one of the great writers of the last century. In works that have become part of the American canon—Go Tell It on a Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, and The Evidence of Things Not Seen—he explored issues of race and racism in America, class distinction, and sexual difference. A gay, African American writer who was born in Harlem, he found the freedom to express himself living in exile in Paris. When he returned to America to cover the Civil Rights movement, he became an activist and controversial spokesman for the movement, writing books that became bestsellers and made him a celebrity, landing him on the cover of Time. In this biography, which Library Journal called “indispensable,” David Leeming creates an intimate portrait of a complex, troubled, driven, and brilliant man. He plumbs every aspect of Baldwin’s life: his relationships with the unknown and the famous, including painter Beauford Delaney, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, and childhood friend Richard Avedon; his expatriate years in France and Turkey; his gift for compassion and love; the public pressures that overwhelmed his quest for happiness, and his passionate battle for black identity, racial justice, and to “end the racial nightmare and achieve our country.” Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are

Another Country Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

Another Country


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804149716

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Another Country Excerpt :

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions—sexual, racial, political, artistic. Stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, this "brilliantly and fiercely told" book (The New York Times) depicts men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

If Beale Street Could Talk Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

If Beale Street Could Talk


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2013-09-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804149679

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If Beale Street Could Talk Excerpt :

In this honest and stunning novel that inspired the award-winning major motion picture of the same name, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. "A major work of Black American fiction." –The New Republic Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

James Baldwin  Collected Essays  LOA  98  Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

James Baldwin Collected Essays LOA 98


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Library of America James Baldwin Edition
  • Release Date : 1998-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 904
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015041612683

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James Baldwin Collected Essays LOA 98 Excerpt :

A comprehensive compilation of Baldwin's previously published, nonfiction writings encompasses essays on America's racial divide, the social and political turbulence of his time, and his insights into the poetry of Langston Hughes and the music of Earl Hines.

Conversations with James Baldwin Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Conversations with James Baldwin


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 0878053891

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Conversations with James Baldwin Excerpt :

Selected interviews with the American writer shares his observations on his life and career, politics, Civil Rights, and the role of the artist

James Baldwin  The Last Interview Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

James Baldwin The Last Interview


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Melville House
  • Release Date : 2014-12-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781612194011

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James Baldwin The Last Interview Excerpt :

Never before available, the unexpurgated last interview with James Baldwin “I was not born to be what someone said I was. I was not born to be defined by someone else, but by myself, and myself only.” When, in the fall of 1987, the poet Quincy Troupe traveled to the south of France to interview James Baldwin, Baldwin’s brother David told him to ask Baldwin about everything—Baldwin was critically ill and David knew that this might be the writer’s last chance to speak at length about his life and work. The result is one of the most eloquent and revelatory interviews of Baldwin’s career, a conversation that ranges widely over such topics as his childhood in Harlem, his close friendship with Miles Davis, his relationship with writers like Toni Morrison and Richard Wright, his years in France, and his ever-incisive thoughts on the history of race relations and the African-American experience. Also collected here are significant interviews from other moments in Baldwin’s life, including an in-depth interview conducted by Studs Terkel shortly after the publication of Nobody Knows My Name. These interviews showcase, above all, Baldwin’s fearlessness and integrity as a writer, thinker, and individual, as well as the profound struggles he faced along the way.

Little Man  Little Man Book

Little Man Little Man


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2018
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : 147800004X

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Little Man Little Man Excerpt :

Now available for the first time in nearly forty years, James Baldwin's only children's book Little Man, Little Man follows the day to day life of the four year old protagonist TJ and his friends in their 1970s Harlem neighborhood as they encounter the social realities of being black in America.

James Baldwin s God Book

James Baldwin s God


  • Author : Clarence E. Hardy
  • Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 1572332301

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James Baldwin s God Excerpt :

"James Baldwin's relationship with black Christianity, and especially his rejection of it, exposes the anatomy of a religious heritage that has not been wrestled with sufficiently in black theological and religious studies. In James Baldwin's God: Sex, Hope, and Crisis in Black Holiness Culture, Clarence Hardy demonstrates that Baldwin is important not only for the ways he is connected to black religious culture, but also for the ways he chooses to disconnect himself from it. Despite Baldwin's view that black religious expression harbors a sensibility that is often vengeful and that its actual content is composed of illusory promises and empty theatrics, he remains captive to its energies, rhythms, languages, and themes. Baldwin is forced, on occasion, to acknowledge that the religious fervor he saw as an adolescent was not simply an expression of repressed sexual tension but also a sign of the irrepressible vigor and dignified humanity of black life." "In one of his later extended essays, James Baldwin remembered how his stepfather, David Baldwin, a one-time Baptist minister, died because of his "unreciprocated love for the Great God Almighty," James Baldwin's God engages most directly those aspects of Baldwin's work that address the substance and character of this unrequited love for a Christian God that is depicted as both silent before black suffering and as white - i.e., actively opposed to the flourishing of black life. Despite his consistent portrayal of a black holiness culture full of energy and passion, Baldwin implicitly condemns the fact that the principal backdrop to black people's conversion to Christianity in the United States is shame and not hope. Hardy's reading of Baldwin's texts, with its goal of understanding Baldwin's attitude toward a religion that revolves around an uncaring God in the face of black suffering, provides provocative reading for scholars of religion, literature, and history."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwel

Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin Book

Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin


  • Author : Trudier Harris
  • Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
  • Release Date : 1987-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 0870495348

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Black Women in the Fiction of James Baldwin Excerpt :

In James Baldwin's fiction, according to Trudier Harris, black women are conceptually limited figures until their author ceases to measure them by standards of the community fundamentalist church. Harris analyzes works written over a thirty-year period to show how Baldwin's development of female character progresses through time. Black women in the early fiction, responding to their elders as well as to religious influences, see their lives in terms of duty as wives, mothers, sisters, and lovers. Failure in any of these roles leads to guilt feelings and the expectation of damnation. In later works, Baldwin adopts a new point of view, acknowledging complex extenuating circumstances in lieu of pronouncing moral judgement. Female characters in works written at this stage eventually come to believe that the church affords no comfort. Baldwin subsequently makes villains of some female churchgoers, and caring women who do not attend church become his most attractive characters. Still later in Baldwin's career, a woman who frees herself of guilt by moving completely beyond the church attains greater contentment than almost all of her counterparts in the earlier works.

James Baldwin s Go Tell it on the Mountain Book

James Baldwin s Go Tell it on the Mountain


  • Author : Carol E. Henderson
  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN 10 : 0820481580

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James Baldwin s Go Tell it on the Mountain Excerpt :

The publication of James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain ushered in a new age of the urban telling of a tale twice told yet rarely expressed in such vivid portraits. Go Tell It unveils the struggle of man with his God and that of man with himself. Baldwin's intense scrutiny of the spiritual and communal customs that serve as moral centers of the black community directs attention to the striking incongruities of religious fundamentalism and oppression. This book examines these multiple impulses, challenging the widely held convention that politics and religion do not mix.

Re viewing James Baldwin Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Re viewing James Baldwin


  • Author : Daniel Quentin Miller
  • Publisher : Temple University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 284
  • ISBN 10 : 1566397375

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Re viewing James Baldwin Excerpt :

This new collection of essays presents a critical reappraisal of James Baldwin's work, looking beyond the commercial and critical success of some of Baldwin's early writings such as Go Tell it on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son. Focusing on Baldwin's critically undervalued early works and the virtually neglected later ones, the contributors illuminate little-known aspects of this daring author's work and highlight his accomplishments as an experimental writer. Attentive to his innovations in style and form, Things Not Seen reveals an author who continually challenged cultural norms and tackled matters of social justice, sexuality, and racial identity. As volume editor D. Quentin Miller notes, "what has been lost is a complete portrait of [Baldwin's] tremendously rich intellectual journey that illustrates the direction of African-American thought and culture in the late twentieth century." This is an important book for anyone interested in Baldwin's work. It will engage readers interested in literature and African-American Studies. Author note: D. Quentin Miller is Assistant Professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN.

Notes of a Native Son Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

Notes of a Native Son


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 355925356X

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Begin Again Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Begin Again


  • Author : Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525575344

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Begin Again Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A powerful study of how to bear witness in a moment when America is being called to do the same.”—Time James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment? Named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune • Winner of the Stowe Prize • Shortlisted for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice “Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.”—James Baldwin Begin Again is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. Just as in Baldwin’s “after times,” argues Eddie S. Glaude Jr., when white Americans met the civil rights movement’s call for truth and justice with blind rage and the murders of movement leaders, so in our moment were the Obama presidency and the birth of Black Lives Matter answered with the ascendance of Trump and the violent resurgence of white nationalism. In these brilliant and stirring pages, Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews—with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment. As Glaude bears witness to the difficult truth of racism’s continued grip on the national soul, Begin Again is a searing exploration of the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.

Another Country Book
Score: 4
From 20 Ratings

Another Country


  • Author : James Baldwin
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1963
  • Genre: African Americans
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 0143566334

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Another Country Excerpt :

Classic fiction. This masterly story of desire, hatred and violence opens with the unforgettable character of Rufus Scott, a scavenging Harlem jazz musician adrift in New York. Self-destructive, bad and brilliant, he draws us into a Bohemian underworld pulsing with heat, music and sex, where desperate and dangerous characters betray, love and test each other to the limit.