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Re-Viewing James Baldwin
by Quentin Miller
Temple University Press, 2000
Paper: 978-1-56639-737-7 | Cloth: 978-1-56639-736-0
Library of Congress Classification PS3552.A45Z865 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 818.5409

This new collection of essays presents a critical reappraisal of James Baldwin's work, looking beyond the commercial success of some of Baldwin's early writings such as Go Tell It on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son. Focusing on Baldwin's critically undervalued early works and the virtually neglected later ones the contributors illuminate little-known aspects of this daring author's work and highlight his accomplishments as an experimental writer. Attentive to his innovations in style and form, Re-Viewing James Baldwin reveals an author who continually challenged the notion of unity as he tackled matters of social justice, sexuality, and racial identity. As volume editor D. Quentin Miller notes, "what has been lost is a complete portrait of [Baldwin's] tremendously rich intellectual journey that illustrates the direction of African American thought and culture in the late twentieth century."

This is an important book for anyone interested in Baldwin's work. It will engage readers interested in literature and African American Studies.
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