Conversations With James Baldwin Literary Conversations


Conversations With James Baldwin Literary Conversations Series 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 himTwenty seven interviews reprinted here come from a variety of sources newspapers radio journals and review and show this celebrated author in all his elouence anger and perception of racial social and literary situations in AmericaOver the years Baldwin proved to be an easily accessible and cooperative subject for interviews both in the United States and abroad He freuently 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 controversialThis importa James has become my favorite You really get insight into his mind while also learning some of his writing practices It's interestingI could be wrong but I don't think Baldwin considered himself a Christian per se But the attitude he reflects in many situations is totally Christian When faced with raw racism he isn't overcome with an all consuming desire for revenge But rather he reflects on the sorry state of human relations and the sordid upbringing of people that result in feelings of ignorance and prejudice In other words he feels sincerely sorry for those who are so warped that they feel wholesale irrational hatred towards an entire race In Notes of a Native Son he relates an incident that pushed him over the brink but that was early in his life and a rare exception He is an elouent writer who is passionate about getting his message across a wonderful collection of interviews and articles displaying Baldwin's consistency of thought philosophy and critical engagement with the American racial dilemma A must read for anyone seriously interested in the life and times of an American icon i love this book if you ever wondered just how much Baldwin understands human behavior all you have to do is read this book

  • Paperback
  • 312 pages
  • Conversations With James Baldwin Literary Conversations Series
  • James Baldwin
  • English
  • 13 April 2016
  • 9780878053896

About the Author: James Baldwin

See this thread for informationJames Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist essayist playwright poet and social criticJames Baldwin offered a vital literary voice during the era of civil rights activism in the 1950s and '60s He was the eldest of nine children; his stepfather was a minister At age 14 Baldwin became a preacher at the small Fireside Pentecostal Church in Harlem In the early 1940s he transferred his faith from religion to literature Critics however note the impassioned cadences of Black churches are still evident in his writing


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