If Beale Street Could Talk

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Delta Trade Paperbacks, 2000 - Fiction - 166 pages
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In a novel that explores American concepts of justice and punishment in our time, Baldwin has wrought a starkly realistic and masterful work of powerful emotions, among which are anger and pain, but above all love: the sustaining love of the black family.

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Wow! What frank in your face writing. Love reading this story about two lovers who have everything to be happy, except her fiancÚ has been accused of a crime he didn't commit. Check review at http://on Wednesday. Read full review

Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

User Review  - Goodreads

Wow! What frank in your face writing. Love reading this story about two lovers who have everything to be happy, except her fiancÚ has been accused of a crime he didn't commit. Check review at http://on Wednesday. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
32
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About the author (2000)

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924, in New York. Baldwin's father was a pastor who subjected his children to poverty, abuse, and religious fanaticism. As a result, many of Baldwin's recurring themes, such as alienation and rejection, are attributable to his upbringing. Living the life of a starving artist, Baldwin went through numerous jobs, including dishwasher, office boy, factory worker, and waiter. In 1948, he moved to France, where much work originated. Baldwin published Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1953. A largely autobiographical work, it tells of the religious awakening of a fourteen-year-old. In addition to his childhood experiences, his experiences as a black man and a homosexual provided inspiration for such works as Giovanni's Room, Nobody Knows My Name, and Another Country. Baldwin holds a distinguished place in American history as one of the foremost writers of both black and gay literature. He was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement. Baldwin succumbed to cancer on December 1, 1987.

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