Conversations with James Baldwin

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Fred L. Standley, Louis H. Pratt
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 297 pages
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This collection of interviews with James Baldwin covers the period 1961-1987, from the year of the publication of Nobody Knows My Names, his fourth book, to just a few weeks before his death. It includes the last formal conversation with him.

Twenty-seven interviews reprinted here come from a variety of sources--newspapers, radio, journals, and review--and show this celebrated author in all his eloquence, anger, and perception of racial, social, and literary situations in America.

Over the years Baldwin proved to be an easily accessible and cooperative subject for interviews, both in the United States and abroad. He frequently referred to himself as "a kind of trans-Atlantic commuter." Whether candidly discussing his own ghetto origins, his literary mission and achievements, his role in the civil rights movement, or his views on world affairs, black and white relations, Vietnam, Christianity, and fellow writers, Baldwin was always both popular and controversial.

This important collection contributes significantly to the clarification and expansion of the ideas in Baldwin's fiction, drama, essays, and poetry. It gives additional life to a stunning orator and major literary figure who considered himself a sojourner even in his own country. Yet early in his career Baldwin told Studs Terkel: "I am an American writer. This country is my subject."

  

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User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Not sure if I read this in HS at the time I was doing my research project on him... but I bet it would be good! I will have to check it out myself :) Read full review

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i love this book. if you ever wondered just how much Baldwin understands human behavior all you have to do is read this book. Read full review

Contents

Three ViewsBen Shahn Darius Milhaud and James
24
A Conversation with James Baldwin Kenneth B Clark
38
James Baldwin Breaks His Silence Cep Dergisi
59
Ida Lewis and James Baldwin Ida Lewis
83
James Baldwin Interviewed John Hall
98
James Baldwin Peregrine Worsthome
113
Exclusive Interview with James Baldwin Joe Walker
127
The Black Scholar Interviews James Baldwin
142
James Baldwin Finds New South Is a Myth Leonard Ray Tee
186
James Baldwin
210
James BaldwinReflections of a Maverick Julius Lester
222
James Baldwin Jordan Elgrably
232
Blues for Mr Baldwin Angela Cobbina
255
An Interview with James Baldwin David C Estes
270
An Interview with James Baldwin
281
A TributeThe Last Interview
287

James Baldwin Comes Home Jewell Handy Gresham
159
No Gain for Race Relations Hollie I West
172

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About the author (1989)

James Baldwin was the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time, among other books.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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