James Baldwin

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Infobase Publishing, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 226 pages
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Having true international appeal, James Baldwin was as well known in Istanbul and Paris as he was in Harlem. His reputation was made on incendiary and eloquent essays written and published to mass acclaim in the late 1950s and early 1960s as well as a trio of early novels dealing with racism, sexuality, violence, and religion. Among his lauded works are Go Tell It on the Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, and the controversial Giovanni's Room. James Baldwin, Updated Edition features an editor's note and introduction by Harold Bloom, who offers his own unique insights on the author and the critical essays included. A helpful chronology tracing the seminal events in Baldwin's life, and information on the renowned critics whose essays have been selected add further depth. Students will find that this completely updated study in the acclaimed Bloom's Modern Critical Views series is especially useful for essays and research papers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Fire Last Time
11
The Evolution of James Baldwin as Essayist
23
The Ironic Voice in Baldwins Go Tell It on the Mountain
43
Baldwins Personal Confrontation
53
The Significance of Notes of a Native Son
69
Giovannis Room and Another Country
81
Another Country
97
The JazzBlues Motif in James Baldwins Sonnys Blues
157
Fire as the Symbol of a Leadening Existence in Going to Meet the Man
165
The Fire Next Time This Time
177
Excerpt from The Celebritys Return
183
His Cardboard Lovers
197
Chronology
201
Contributors
205
Bibliography
209

A Protest of His Own
129
The Mixed Achievement of James Baldwin
133
Africa and The Fire Next Time
141
James Baldwins Image of Black Community
149
Acknowledgments
213
Index
217
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Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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