Notes of a Native Son

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written.

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807064313

Category: Social Science

Page: 175

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Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Notes of a Native Son

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LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST by Nikos Kazantzakis MAN'S HOPE by Andre
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Author: James Baldwin

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Category: African Americans

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A Study Guide for James Baldwin s Notes of a Native Son

This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more.

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410354113

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 24

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A Study Guide for James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Nonfiction Classics for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Nonfiction Classics for Students for all of your research needs.

Notes of a Native Son

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written.

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Beacon Press (MA)

ISBN:

Category: African Americans

Page: 175

View: 101

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Notes from a Native Son

" Those missing qualities are precisely the ones that Barker - who was born, reared, and educated in the mountains of Kentucky - brings to this thoughtful collection of essays.

Author: Garry Barker

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9780870499005

Category: History

Page: 204

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Interpreting Appalachia, Garry Barker observes, is a task that has too often fallen to outsiders, whether government missionaries, learned experts, or sensation mongers. Not surprisingly, he suggests, their accounts of the region have usually missed the essentials: "the subtle humor, quiet pain, intense pride, and bridled passion that are part of every native mountaineer." Those missing qualities are precisely the ones that Barker - who was born, reared, and educated in the mountains of Kentucky - brings to this thoughtful collection of essays. Written during the 1980s and early 1990s, these pieces are full of pointed insights into recent issues facing the region, but they are also deeply informed by a sense of the past and of the rich traditions that account for much of the Appalachian identity. Divided into four parts, "Learning," "Working," "Laughing," and "Looking," Barker's essays range from some provocative thoughts on federal arts subsidies to personal perspectives on the Appalachian crafts industries, from a moving account of a trip home for a funeral to a gently humorous definition of "head of the holler" ("It's as far back as you can go," Barker says). The result is one writer's portrait of himself and his region - a stimulating mix of opinion and reflection that always poses the pertinent question even when its answer proves elusive.

Notes from a Native Son and Other Stories

Either way, much like Indigeneity, these stories are inextricably linked to body and place. Both concepts meet here on the page.

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Category: American literature

Page: 29

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My goal as a writer is to contribute to the growing number of Native voices in contemporary memoir, as well as to continue a longstanding tradition of Indigenous creative nonfiction. I also hope to assist in the important work of ushering the voices of First Nations people out of the linguistic prisons of the past and into present-day discourse. In doing so, I will underscore the importance behind the demand for Native spaces in academia and politics. Using memoir, I'll show some of the ways in which abusive social structures replicate themselves on smaller levels like one’s family, and demonstrate how the reiteration of one’s personal narratives constitutes an act of self-determination. My desire to keep these pieces in their original two-inch margins is primarily due to the channelizing, centrally striking effect it lends the narrative--a buoy to pace and flow. This decision is also an homage to Elissa Washuta’s memoir "My Body is a Book of Rules," and the form and style in which she presents the most personally impactful of her sections. As a means to integrate and incorporate traumatic memories into my past and possess them instead of the other way around, nearly all of these pieces are written in first person perspective. Formally as well as spiritually, Washuta and I are part of the same conversation, though my work is made distinct by its queer dimensions. Nativeness and queerness mesh well as non-normative states of being despite the continental, colonial context of queer theory, but as Native narratives written and presented in the colonizer’s language, these stories can at best only allude to the role of indigeneity in my life. Conversely, this form could also represent a Native voice attempting to speak in spite of being hemmed in by an all-encompassing whiteness. Either way, much like Indigeneity, these stories are inextricably linked to body and place. Both concepts meet here on the page.

Native Son

A critical evaluation of the Richard Wright novel.

Author: Lola Amis

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 9780822008743

Category: Study Aids

Page: 54

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A critical evaluation of the Richard Wright novel.

Native Sons

Included in this book are the two works they created together–the story “Dark Runner” and the play Equal in Paris, both published here for the first time.

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 9780307538826

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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James Baldwin was beginning to be recognized as the most brilliant black writer of his generation when his first book of essays, Notes of a Native Son, established his reputation in 1955. No one was more pleased by the book’s reception than Baldwin’s high school friend Sol Stein. A rising New York editor, novelist, and playwright, Stein had suggested that Baldwin do the book and coaxed his old friend through the long and sometimes agonizing process of putting the volume together and seeing it into print. Now, in this fascinating new book, Sol Stein documents the story of his intense creative partnership with Baldwin through newly uncovered letters, photos, inscriptions, and an illuminating memoir of the friendship that resulted in one of the classics of American literature. Included in this book are the two works they created together–the story “Dark Runner” and the play Equal in Paris, both published here for the first time. Though a world of difference separated them–Baldwin was black and gay, living in self-imposed exile in Europe; Stein was Jewish and married, with a growing family to support–the two men shared the same fundamental passion. Nothing mattered more to either of them than telling and writing the truth, which was not always welcome. As Stein wrote Baldwin in a long, heartfelt letter, “You are the only friend with whom I feel comfortable about all three: heart, head, and writing.” In this extraordinary book, Stein unfolds how that shared passion played out in the months surrounding the creation and publication of Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son, in which Baldwin’s main themes are illuminated. A literary event published to honor the eightieth anniversary of James Baldwin’s birth, Native Sons is a celebration of one of the most fruitful and influential friendships in American letters. From the Hardcover edition.

Native Son

It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN:

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Page: 398

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Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written -- in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America.

Notes of a Native Son

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807064313

Category: Social Science

Page: 175

View: 234

Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Leaving Birmingham

A disaffected Birmingham native, Paul Hemphill decides to live in his hometown once again, to capture the events and essence of that summer and explore the depth of social change in Birmingham in the years since -- even as he tries to come ...

Author: Paul Hemphill

Publisher: University Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817310226

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 351

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P>Birmingham's history of racial violence and bigotry is the centerpiece of this intense and affecting memoir about family, society, and politics in a city still haunted by its notorious past. In 1963, Birmingham was the scene of some of the worst racial violence of the civil rights era. Police commissioner "Bull" Connor loosed dogs and turned fire hoses on black demonstrators; four young girls at Sunday school were killed when a bomb exploded in a black church; and Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote his famous letter from the Birmingham jail, defending his activism to fellow ministers. Birmingham native Paul Hemphill, disillusioned with his hometown, had left home to pursue a journalistic career, so he witnessed these historic events with the rest of the world through newspaper and television reports. "That grim old steel town," he writes, "was the most blatantly segregated city of its size in the United States of America, and most of us regarded it with the same morbid fascination that causes us to slow down and gawk at a bloody wreck on the highway." Thirty years later, Hemphill returned to Birmingham to explore the depths of change that had taken place in the decades since the violence. In this powerful memoir, he interweaves his own autobiography with the history of the city and the stories of two very different Birmingham residents: a wealthy white matron and the pastor of the city's largest black church. As he struggles to come to terms with his own conflicting feelings toward his father's attitudes, Hemphill finds ironic justice in the integration of his childhood neighborhood and a visit with the black family who moved into his family's former home.

Nobody Knows My Name

Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays -- "passionate, probing, controversial" (The Atlantic) -- examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to ...

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804149739

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Told with Baldwin's characteristically unflinching honesty, this collection of illuminating, deeply felt essays examines topics ranging from race relations in the United States to the role of the writer in society, and offers personal accounts of Richard Wright, Norman Mailer and other writers.

Notes of a Denver Native Son

At the core of these notes is sage commentary on leading a meaningful and healthy existence with yourself and others. life, love, and happiness are vital for the soul which serves as our bodies' rich soil: as planters need fertile soil to ...

Author: Adrian Michael

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499665536

Category: Poetry

Page: 184

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Poetry and prose on life, love and happiness: poetic affirmations for the soul. At the core of these notes is sage commentary on leading a meaningful and healthy existence with yourself and others. life, love, and happiness are vital for the soul which serves as our bodies' rich soil: as planters need fertile soil to grow crops, our souls need special ingredients to thrive.Filled with poetry and prose on life, love, and happiness, Adrian Michael's fourth title is primed with 184 pages of beautiful poetics on living each day to the fullest. What began as simple Daily Motivators has transformed into a journey of self-awareness, reflection, and soul work.“Native Son” provides a closer look into the life of the author, a native of northeast Denver, his childhood, aspirations, influences, lessons learned, and inquiries into how one might see the world through a lens of positive outlook.

James Baldwin

A collection of essays presenting critiques and analysis of the major works of the African American author.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791093654

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 226

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A collection of essays presenting critiques and analysis of the major works of the African American author.

Native Son Abridged

This abridged edition includes an introduction, "How Bigger Was Born," by the author, as well as an afterword by John Reilly.

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006053348X

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

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Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written -- in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America. This abridged edition includes an introduction, "How Bigger Was Born," by the author, as well as an afterword by John Reilly.

Richard Wright s Native Son

Richard Wright is one of the greatest African-American writers of the 20th century. His masterpiece Native Son is analyzed in this volume of essays.

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791096254

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 213

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Richard Wright is one of the greatest African-American writers of the 20th century. His masterpiece Native Son is analyzed in this volume of essays.

New Essays on Native Son

A collection of essays providing original insights into this major American novel by Richard Wright.

Author: Keneth Kinnamon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521348225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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A collection of essays providing original insights into this major American novel by Richard Wright.

James Baldwin Now

White fantasies of desire : Baldwin and the racial identities of sexuality / Marlon B. Ross -- Now more than ever : James Baldwin and the critique of white liberalism / Rebecca Aanerud -- Finding the words : Baldwin, race consciousness, and ...

Author: Dwight McBride

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814756174

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 427

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One of the most prolific and influential African American writers, James Baldwin was for many a harbinger of hope, a man who traversed the genres of art-writing novels, essays, and poetry. James Baldwin Now takes advantage of the latest interdisciplinary work to understand the complexity of Baldwin's vision and contributions without needing to name him as exclusively gay, expatriate, black, or activist. It was, in fact, Baldwin who said, "it is quite impossible to write a worthwhile novel about a Jew or a Gentile or a Homosexual, for people refuse . . . to function in so neat and one-dimensional a fashion." McBride has gathered a unique group of new scholars to interrogate Baldwin's life, his presence, and his political thought and work. James Baldwin Now finally addresses the man who spoke, and continues to speak, so eloquently to crucial issues of the twentieth century.

Richard Wright s Native Son Black Boy

A guide to reading Native Son and Black Boy discusses plot, characters, themes, setting, point of view, and style and suggests topics for term papers

Author: Michael Gallantz

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Study Aids

Page: 134

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A guide to reading Native Son and Black Boy discusses plot, characters, themes, setting, point of view, and style and suggests topics for term papers

The Price of the Ticket

The works of James Baldwin constitute one of the major contributions to American literature in the twentieth century, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Price of the Ticket, a compendium of nearly fifty years of Baldwin's powerful ...

Author: James Baldwin

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312643065

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 690

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The works of James Baldwin constitute one of the major contributions to American literature in the twentieth century, and nowhere is this more evident than in The Price of the Ticket, a compendium of nearly fifty years of Baldwin's powerful nonfiction writing. With truth and insight, these personal, prophetic works speak to the heart of the experience of race and identity in the United States. Here are the full texts of Notes of a Native Son, Nobody Knows My Name, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Devil Finds Work, along with dozens of other pieces, ranging from a 1948 review of Raintree Country to a magnificent introduction to this book that, as so many of Mr. Baldwin's works do, combines his intensely private experience with the deepest examination of social interaction between the races. In a way, The Price of the Ticket is an intellectual history of the twentieth-century American experience; in another, it is autobiography of the highest order.