Notes of a Native Son

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Beacon Press, 1984 - Social Science - 175 pages
Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written.

"He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

 

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I just cannot easily put myself in the position of James Baldwin. He can explain, and he tries hard to explain the feeling of rejection that he received from the white dominated society that he grew ... Read full review

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Where to begin? I do not feel qualified to review this book. Why did I give it four stars? The writing was excellent. Baldwin says what most people cannot articulate. As a white, middle aged, middle ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
vii
Preface to the 1984 Edition
ix
Autobiographical Notes
3
Everybodys Protest Novel
13
Many Thousands Gone
24
The Dark Is Light Enough
46
The Harlem Ghetto
57
Journey to Atlanta
73
Notes of a Native Son
85
Black Meets Brown
117
A Question of Identity
124
Equal in Paris
138
Stranger in the Village
159
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James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of America's foremost writers. His essays, such as "Notes of a Native Son" (1955), explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-twentieth-century America. A Harlem, New York, native, he primarily made his home in the south of France.

His novels include Giovanni's Room (1956), about a white American expatriate who must come to terms with his homosexuality, and Another Country (1962), about racial and gay sexual tensions among New York intellectuals. His inclusion of gay themes resulted in much savage criticism from the black community. Going to Meet the Man (1965) and Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (1968) provided powerful descriptions of American racism. As an openly gay man, he became increasingly outspoken in condemning discrimination against lesbian and gay people.

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