Notes of A Native Son

James Baldwin

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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. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America – from life in Harlem, to the protest novel, movies, and the experience of African Americans abroad – and many of his observations have proven almost prophetic. This book inaugurated Baldwin as one of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes erupting in the United States in the 20th century and it is the book that established Baldwin’s voice as a social critic. In an age of Black Lives Matter, Baldwin’s essays are as powerful today as when they were first written.

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‘The story of the negro in America is the story of America … it is not a very pretty story’

James Baldwin’s breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in the 1940s, movies, novels, his preacher father and his experiences of Paris, they capture the complexity of black life at the dawn of the civil rights movement with effervescent wit and prophetic wisdom.

‘A classic … In a divided America, James Baldwin’s fiery critiques reverberate anew’ Washington Post

‘Edgy and provocative, entertainingly satirical’ Robert McCrum, Guardian

‘Cemented his reputation as a cultural seer … Notes of a Native Son endures as his defining work, and his greatest’ Time

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Weight0.157 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 1.2 cm
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