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James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories: Go Tell It on a Mountain / Giovanni's Room / Another Country / Going to Meet the Man (Library of America) Hardcover – February 1, 1998


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A novelist, essayist, playwright, and public intellectual, James Baldwin's writings on the subject of race in America undeniably made him one of the greatest African American writers of the 20th century. As the civil rights movement gained momentum in the two decades following World War II, Baldwin landed squarely in the public eye, and his prose communicated the hope and frustration of the fight for racial equality. In James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories, editor Toni Morrison draws heavily on Baldwin's early work, including his first novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, as well as Giovanni's Room, which was praised by the New York Times for its "unusual candor ... and intensity." As pertinent today as it was some 30 years ago, the fiction found in this collection is powerful, eloquent, and a fitting tribute to a consummate writer.

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Early Novels and Stories features the complete text of Baldwin's novels Go Tell It On the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, and his short story collection Going To Meet the Man. Most of Baldwin's writing is autobiographical and deals with his coming of age as a black man in America and later as an expatriate in France, as well as coming to terms with his homosexuality. Written between 1953 and 1965, these stories broke down walls. Collected Essays offers an impressive array of Baldwin's nonfiction and includes nine essays never before collected. Presented here are the complete texts of the collections Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work. Topics range from racism to literature to social issues. Along with corrected texts, these feature scholarly notes, a chronicle of the author's life, and more. Both volumes are essential for all collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883011515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883011512
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By roberts@angelou-econ.com on April 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The Library of America is engaged in publishing definitive texts of the best-known writing in the U.S. Including James Baldwin in this series - and having Toni Morrison edit these volumes - has generated considerable critical review. It is remarkable that James Baldwin can still exercise so much hold over us. Both the fiction and the essays have a kind of raw power: it makes us realize how sensitive the nerve of "race relations" still is. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" - one of the early autobiographical stories - has already become an American classic. Baldwin's homosexuality and his ambiguous feelings towards the white establishment makes this a painful coming-of-age novel. There is no easy access to some one so at-odds with himself and his society - and no greater rewards for anyone interested in the literature of self-discovery. These are fine volumes. They are well worth owning and belong on the shelves of anyone interested in American literature. Not all collections are worth having. The Library of America - and these Baldwin volumes - are worth owning, and they are certainly worth reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Verita VINE VOICE on May 31, 2009
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aside from any considerations of his significance (great) in discussions of race or homosexuality. Baldwin was a great writer and one comes away from this collection with many gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Me on April 14, 2013
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James Baldwin along with Ann Petry were the two most successfull black authors of the mid 20th century.
Their novels should be considered required reading in the study of modern American Lit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pameladen on January 4, 2013
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Of course this is great literature by an outstanding American author; we all know that. After hearing an NPR segment on Baldwin, I realized that I had nothing in my home library by him, a major oversight. The Library of America project's mission is to keep in print outstanding literature in a form that is affordable. I was happy to be able to buy their 2 volume set and begin to read and re-read these stories and essays.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RCTX on January 18, 2013
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This is by far the most I have enjoyed Baldwin is a long time. Again not disappointed with the truth about the images that were real in his writings for a time past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazing12 on April 24, 2012
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James Baldwin's writings and stories are beyond words - words that even he and all his greatness of word usage probably could not conjure up to describe the magnitude. The stories leave an imprint on one's mind, provokes thought and intrigues corners of the mind that one may not have known ever existed until reading Baldwin's Stories...
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