The Amen Corner: A Drama in Three Acts

Front Cover
Samuel French, Inc., 1968 - Drama - 97 pages
2 Reviews
Comic Drama

Characters: 4 male, 10 female

Compelete interior

Self-anointed Harlem store front preacher Margaret Alexander is the leader of her flock and about to see her world crumble. Son David her church organist, is set on following in the footsteps of his father, jazz musician Luke. When the errant husband and father comes home to die, Sister Margaret finds herself losing everything but coming to terms with her own true sense of faith. From the author of Blues for Mr. Charlie.

"The characters are honestly observed, and the lines have wings and humor."- The New York Daily News

"Truth, vividness and rich humanity."- The New York Post

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

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

THE AMEN CORNER

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With the exception of "The Man Child," a macabre, faintly Lawrentian study of repressed love between two white men in the rural South, all of Baldwin's tales here deal in one form or another with the ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
15
Section 3
44
Section 4
73
Section 5
98
Section 6
99
Section 7
100
Section 8
102
Section 9
103
Section 10
104
Section 11
105
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1968)

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.

Bibliographic information