Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son
Baldwin's early essays have been described as 'an unequalled meditation on what it means to be black in America' . This rich and stimulating collection contains 'Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem', polemical pieces on the tragedies inflicted by racial segregation and a poignant account of his first journey to 'the Old Country', the southern states. Yet equally compelling are his 'Notes for a Hypothetical Novel' and personal reflections on being American, on other major artists - Ingmar Bergman and Andre Gide, Norman Mailer and Richard Wright - and on the first great conference of Negro - American writers and artists in Paris. In his introduction Baldwin describes the writer as requiring 'every ounce of stamina he can summon to attempt to look on himself and the world as they are' ; his uncanny ability to do just that is proclaimed on every page of this famous book.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing
Nobody Knows My Name is a collection of essays continued from Notes From a Native Son. While the essays are less biting than those in Notes they are just as honest and clear about the Negro condition ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Muscogulus - LibraryThing
This is a magnetic book. Whenever I leaf through it again, I get the feeling I have to reread it once more. Read this, for example: "...[T]he American equation of success with the big times reveals an ... Read full review