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James Baldwin : a biography

Author: David Adams Leeming
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"He was one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary men of letters. Angry, provocative, courageous, James Baldwin wrote with such fierce eloquence about issues of race and sex that his great books - Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time - are now part of the canon of American literature." "The literary scholar David Leeming, a friend of Baldwin's for twenty-five  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Leeming, David Adams, 1937-
James Baldwin.
New York : Knopf, 1994
(OCoLC)624307803
Named Person: James Baldwin; James Baldwin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Adams Leeming
ISBN: 0394577086 9780394577081
OCLC Number: 28631289
Description: xv, 442 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Harlem life --
Bill Miller --
Awakenings --
Beauford Delaney --
Probings --
The expatriate --
Lucien and the mountain --
Go tell it on the mountain --
The search for Giovanni --
Notes of a Native son --
The Amen corner --
A period of transition --
Giovanni's room --
End of an era --
The journey South --
The call of the stage --
Sermons and blues --
In search of a role --
Nobody knows my name --
Another country --
Africa and The fire next time --
The activist --
Blues for Mister Charlie --
Lucien and the white problem --
Searching for a new life --
Istanbul --
Tell me how long the train's been gone --
One day, when I was lost - No name in the street --
If Beale Street could talk --
The devil finds work --
Just above my head --
The evidence of things not seen: remember this house --
Gathering around the welcome table.
Responsibility: David Leeming.

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"He was one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary men of letters. Angry, provocative, courageous, James Baldwin wrote with such fierce eloquence about issues of race and sex that his great books - Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time - are now part of the canon of American literature." "The literary scholar David Leeming, a friend of Baldwin's for twenty-five years, brings us closer than we have ever been to the complex, troubled, brilliant man who struggled out of Harlem to create a series of works that expose the essential racism of America, and indeed the world." "Leeming explores every aspect of Baldwin's life - his relationships with the famous and the unknown, his homosexuality and precarious style of life, his expatriate years in France and Turkey, his gift for compassion and love, the public pressures that overwhelmed his quest for fulfillment and happiness, and above all his inspired and passionate battle against the white society's blindness to black identity. "I've been here three hundred and fifty years," he would tell a white audience, "but you've never seen me."" "James Baldwin died in 1987 in France at the age of sixty-three. He lives vividly in the pages of David Leeming's powerful biography."--BOOK JACKET.

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