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James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories (Library of America) [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 970 pages
  • Publisher: The Library of America (Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883011515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883011512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars So much to offer - James Baldwin 16 Mar 2007
By Ms. C. J. Mcelwee VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I came to Baldwin around the age of 14 (I am now 47 - a white Britain who prefers to be known as a citizen of the world) and he marked me. His extraordinary stories about a life so foreign in many ways to my own, and yet still having some resonance. Stories about people. I grew up in a multi-cultural school in South London and had friends from all parts of the world - or whose families originated in other parts of the world - and when I left school to go into the big wide world I wondered where all my colourful friends had disappeared to, so even in 70s London, there was some echos of Baldwin's experiences. But for me as much for the learning he offered me about his life of colour, his 'outsiderness' - which I could sometimes relate to especially - it was the wonderful writing. I'm a big fan of American Literature, so if I could only take two writers with me to the desert island (Shakespeare already awaiting me) it would be Baldwin and F Scott Fitzgerald. The writing of both is mindblowing, and they both have so much to say about modern life - whenever that modern life occurs - I'm sure even in the 23rd Century they will have something to say - about race/class/variety/diversity/pain and laughter. And joy, let's not forget joy.

As well as the novels and short stories the powerful and fiery essays burned in my soul, made me question, led me to other African American writers and artists and spirits.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable edition of some of the best writings on race. 13 April 1998
By roberts@angelou-econ.com - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of Baldwin's writing is superb 31 May 2009
By Verita - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Way to Support the Library of America Project 4 Jan 2013
By Pamela D. Denlinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and powerful novels, a must read 15 April 2013
By Me - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 18 Jan 2013
By RCTX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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