The amen corner: a play

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Vintage Books, Feb 17, 1998 - Drama - 89 pages
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Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an unwavering awareness of the price those churches exacted from their worshipers.  

For years Sister Margaret Alexander has moved her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety.  But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path.

The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. It is a scalding, uplifting, sorrowful and exultant masterpiece of the modern American theater.

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User Review  - kidzdoc - LibraryThing

A theatre and book review: James Baldwin began to write this play in the summer of 1952, after he returned to New York after spending four years in Paris. While he was there he completed his first ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

I've read James Baldwin before and when searching through plays at my local library I came across James Baldwin's play, The Amen Corner. I was shocked to believe that he actually wrote not only one ... Read full review

Contents

A SUNDAY MORNING IN HARLEM
5
THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY AFTERNOON
35
THE NEXT MORNING
65
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About the author (1998)

James Baldwin was born in 1924 and educated in New York. Between 1953 and 1987, Baldwin wrote over twenty books of fiction and non-fiction. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant, among other accolades, Baldwin was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor in 1986. He died one year later.