Baldwin's Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin
Baldwin's Harlem is an intimate
portrait of the life and genius of one
of our most brilliant literary minds:
Perhaps no other writer is as synonymous with Harlem as James Baldwin (1924-1987). The events there that shaped his youth greatly influenced Baldwin's work, much of which focused on his experiences as a black man in white America. Go Tell It on the...more
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Boyd is sure to deeply confuse, offend and anger those who take into
consideration "the white gaze" -as Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison so delicately puts it.
Boyd seems to unconsciously ignore the"white gaze".
Boyd admits that he really didn't know Baldwin personally. Yet Boyd skillfully uses Baldwins writings and interviews with Baldwins friends and acquaintances to weave his narrative. A large amount of personal opinion and obs ...more
This book really isn't a 'biography' as such, but more an investigation in into the effect growing up in "Harlem" had on James Baldwin as a writer and on the fiction and non-fiction he wrote over the years .
There is a chronology of major events in Baldwin's life at the end of the book, which contrasts with the main text which seems to leap frog around various parts of Baldwin's life. The two "interviews" also provide an insight into Baldwin the man that i ...more
The author is clearly partisan and defends Baldwin tooth and nail from the literary and political attacks that he was on the receiving end of throughout his life.
However, the book is a worth while read because of Baldwin, a great writer, a fascinating figure, and an immense literary life.