- Series: Literary Conversations
- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; 1st Edition(PB) edition (May 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878056874
- ISBN-13: 978-0878056873
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,846,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conversations with Amiri Baraka (Literary Conversations) Paperback – May 1, 1994
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In the latest volume of the Literary Conversations series, interviewers engage in the act of deciphering the "true" identity of Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, at least as much as attempting to understand his work. Thankfully, Baraka does not hesitate to set the record straight on any number of misconceptions that have appeared in print over the years. The thoughtful, impassioned, and provocative voice of this writer comes to the fore in these interviews, and particularly in two recent conversations, with editor Reilly and Maya Angelou. It is in Angelou's interview, which includes a discussion of Baraka's movement from poetry to plays, where he defines himself as "some kind of insurgent force." Perhaps this book will help secure Baraka's place, more than any other African American writer, as the one who insistently and penetratingly reflected on conditions of racism in America while creating a profound body of work that recorded contemporary African American culture and experience. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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