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The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader

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A collection of short and excerpted works by the controversial poet, playwright, essayist, and fiction writer, from the late 1950s to the present.
Paperback, 498 pages
Published July 31st 1991 by Thunder's Mouth Press
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Angela Smith
Sep 17, 2007 Angela Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amiri Baraka truly astounded me when I discovered him in college. I actually prefer the anger and power of his Amiri Baraka stage over the LeRoi Jones writings. It is a shame he has not received as much acclaim as he deserves. He is not only fascinating as a writer, but as a human in his constant transformation.
Brandon
i really liked when he was leroi jones.
as amiri baraka, he's just okay.

this is a good book to read if you're interested in baraka. it's even handed and gives great examples of his work from all his time periods along with fitting his thoughts together.
James Tracy
Jan 12, 2008 James Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love him or hate him, you can't deny that contemporary American poetry, theater and criticism would be the same without this firebrand.
Elizabeth
Amiri Baraka recently died, and I was inspired to look up his plays and poems based on the obituary in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/art... ). I read the play "Dutchman" and was a bit shocked--but I am still thinking about it, and it makes more sense as the events sink in. The marxist poems are best read aloud, like slam poetry, and I quite enjoyed reading some to my husband in the car, particularly, "Am/Trak", "When We'll Worship Jesus," "A New Reality is Better than a N ...more
Wendy
Mar 30, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the best book to get the lowdown on baraka ... revolutionary in thought and action.
stacy
Apr 13, 2008 stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a long view of a turbulent and talented man - the OTHER side of the beats.
Denise M.
Feb 07, 2013 Denise M. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jones-leroi
AKA Amiri Baraka
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Jun 08, 2010 Johnny Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
diggin' blackness.
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Baraka was born Everett LeRoy Jones in Newark, New Jersey, where he attended Barringer High School. His father, Coyt Leverette Jones, worked as a postal supervisor and lift operator. His mother, Anna Lois (née Russ), was a social worker. In 1967 he adopted the African name Imamu Amear Baraka, which he later changed to Amiri Baraka.

The Universities where he studied were Rutgers, Columbia, and Howar
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