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Notes of a Native Son
By James Baldwin and Edward P. Jones (introduced by)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Beacon Pr
Publication date November 20, 2012
Pages 179
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807006238
ISBN-10 0807006238
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
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In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written. With documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro bringing renewed interest to Baldwin's life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction.

Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time, from his home in “The Harlem Ghetto” to a sobering “Journey to Atlanta.”

Notes of a Native Son inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the twentieth century, and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. His criticism on topics such as the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend Richard Wright’s work is pointed and unabashed. He was also one of the few writing on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerful mixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence against black citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, which helped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses. Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventional empathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise.

Notes is the book that established Baldwin’s voice as a social critic, and it remains one of his most admired works. The essays collected here create a cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait of Baldwin’s own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and as an American.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385273299 Book cover for 9780807006115
 
With Edward P. Jones (other contributor) | from Beacon Pr (November 20, 2012)
9780807006115 | details & prices | 179 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $27.95
from Delacorte Pr (June 1, 1963)
9780385273299 | details & prices | List price $7.95
About: A penetrating presentation of the experiences of this Negro author in America and Europe
Paperback
Book cover for 9780807006238 Book cover for 9780807064313
 
The price comparison is for this edition
With Edward P. Jones (other contributor) | from Beacon Pr (November 20, 2012)
9780807006238 | details & prices | 179 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $15.00
About: In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin's essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerful today as when they were first written.
Reissue edition from Beacon Pr (July 9, 1984)
9780807064313 | details & prices | 176 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.00
About: A Black writer records his response to the conditions of Black life and white racism
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781481528467
 
With Ron Butler (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (February 3, 2015)
9781481528467 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $29.95

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