Conversations With James Baldwin

Conversations With James Baldwin

Book - 1989
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Baker & Taylor
Selected interviews with the American writer shares his observations on his life and career, politics, Civil Rights, and the role of the artist

Univ of Washington Pr
This collection of interviews with James Baldwin covers the period 1961-1987, from the year of the publication of Nobody Knows My Names, his fourth book, to just a few weeks before his death. It includes the last formal conversation with him.

Twenty-seven interviews reprinted here come from a variety of sources--newspapers, radio, journals, and review--and show this celebrated author in all his eloquence, anger, and perception of racial, social, and literary situations in America.

Over the years Baldwin proved to be an easily accessible and cooperative subject for interviews, both in the United States and abroad. He frequently referred to himself as "a kind of trans-Atlantic commuter." Whether candidly discussing his own ghetto origins, his literary mission and achievements, his role in the civil rights movement, or his views on world affairs, black and white relations, Vietnam, Christianity, and fellow writers, Baldwin was always both popular and controversial.

This important collection contributes significantly to the clarification and expansion of the ideas in Baldwin's fiction, drama, essays, and poetry. It gives additional life to a stunning orator and major literary figure who considered himself a sojourner even in his own country. Yet early in his career Baldwin told Studs Terkel: "I am an American writer. This country is my subject."

Book News
A collection of Baldwin interviews by Studs Terkel, Ben Shahn, Nat Hentoff, David Frost and others. Lively and revealing. Cloth edition ($27.95) not seen. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1989
ISBN: 9780878053896
0878053891
9780878053889
0878053883
Characteristics: xiii, 297 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Pratt, Louis H.
Standley, Fred L.

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