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Conversations with James Baldwin

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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 him.Twenty-seven interviews reprinted here come from a variety of sources--newspapers, radio, journals, and review--and show this celebra ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by University Press of Mississippi
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John
Nov 25, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
It's interesting...I 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 wholesal ...more
Push Nevahda
Mar 29, 2014 Push Nevahda rated it it was amazing
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.
Cisily
Sep 22, 2008 Cisily rated it it was amazing
i love this book. if you ever wondered just how much Baldwin understands human behavior all you have to do is read this book.
Billy Cooney
Sep 20, 2015 Billy Cooney rated it it was amazing
Brilliant
Emily
Apr 25, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Not sure if I read this in HS at the time I was doing my research project on him... but I bet it would be good! I will have to check it out myself :)
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James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.

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