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Notes of a Native Son

Notes of a Native Son

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Baldwin, James
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Table of Contents:
Introduction / Edward P. Jones --

Acknowledgments -- Preface to the 1984 Edition --

Autobiographical Notes --

Part 1. Everybody's Protest Novel -- Many Thousands Gone -- Carmen Jones: The Dark Is Light Enough --

Part 2. The Harlem Ghetto -- Journey to Atlanta -- Notes of a Native Son --

Part 3. Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown -- A Question of Identity -- Equal in Paris -- Stranger in the Village.

Contributor Bio:  
James Baldwin (1924-1987) burst on the literary scene in 1953 with his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, which received excellent reviews and immediately was recognized as establishing a profound new voice in American letters. His acclaimed collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son, was published in 1955. A second collection of essays, Nobody Knows My Name, was published in 1961 between his novels Giovanni's Room (1956) and Another Country (1961).

Review Quotes:

"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
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"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.
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""I owe a tremendous debt to the example of his work."
--John Edgar Wideman
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""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"


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