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  • James Baldwin

    New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950s, the gathering place of artists, writers, and musicians, is the setting of Another Country, Baldwin's third novel. The characters, all involved in complex interracial relationships, cluster around Rufus, a jazz musician whose suicide affects them profoundly. For Baldwin, Rufus represents 'the black corpse floating in the national psyche.' Baldwin's first reading on this recording portrays Rufus' state of mind in his final moments. Baldwin's second reading is a sermon by Reverend Foster, addressing Rufus' friends and family at his funeral. In his adolescence Baldwin himself was a Pentecostal preacher, following in his stepfather's footsteps. After...read more

  • James Baldwin

    In the first passage a group of artists, writers and musicians mingle in the heady atmosphere of New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1950’s. James Baldwin reads with passion about the suicide of a young black man in despair. The second passage from Another Country takes place at the funeral service, where Baldwin speaks with both anger and eloquence, in the voice of the minister attempting to comfort his friends and family. ***This title is presented as an...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Giovanni's Room, Baldwin's second novel, deals frankly with homosexuality in a manner daring for its time. It depicts a white American struggling to accept his homoerotic desires. David, the protagonist, like Baldwin himself, feels alienated from his native country and moves to Paris in search of a freer life. In the passage Baldwin reads on this recording, David recalls a childhood sexual encounter with another boy—an encounter that left him deeply upset and ambivalent about his...read more

  • James Baldwin

    James Baldwin gives an electrifying reading about a young American in Paris recalling a dramatic and transforming incident from his boyhood, as he struggles to accept his sexual identity. ***This title is presented as an...read more

  • James Baldwin

    James Baldwin was an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western society, most notably in regard to the mid-twentieth-century United States. This is a collection of his speeches and...read more

  • James Baldwin

    At last, a new audio edition of the book many have called James Baldwin's most influential work! 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 and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With a keen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel to the motives and circumstances of the many...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Essential learning for any young student of American History, biographies of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster and Abraham Lincoln. These stories help us get to know the gentleman as people and then take us through their great accomplishments that make us appreciate their place in American history. Table of Contents: The Story of George Washington Chapter 01. When Washington was a Boy Chapter 02. His Homes Chapter 03. His Schools and Schoolmasters Chapter 04. Going to Sea Chapter 05. The Young Surveyor Chapter 06. The Ohio Country Chapter 07. A Change of Circumstances Chapter 08. A Perilous Journey Chapter 09. His First Battle Chapter 10. The French and...read more

  • James Baldwin

    James Baldwin’s critique of American society at the height of the civil rights movement brings his prescient thoughts on social isolation, race, and police brutality to a new generation of readers. Available for the first time in a stand-alone edition, Nothing Personal is Baldwin’s deep probe into the American condition. Considering the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020—which were met with tear gas and rubber bullets the same year white supremacists entered the US Capitol with little resistance, openly toting flags of the Confederacy—Baldwin’s documentation of his own troubled times cuts to the core of where we find ourselves...read more

  • James Baldwin

    An essential compendium of James Baldwin’s most powerful nonfiction work, calling on us “to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country.” Personal and prophetic, these essays uncover what it means to live in a racist American society with insights that feel as fresh today as they did over the 4 decades in which he composed them. Longtime Baldwin fans and especially those just discovering his genius will appreciate this essential collection of his great nonfiction writing, available for the first time in affordable paperback. Along with 46 additional pieces, it includes the full text of dozens of famous essays from such books as:    • Notes...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Fifty legendary stories of heroism are retold in a short form for young people. Baldwin's tales tell of valor, bravery, and kindness as well as high adventure. Fifty Famous Stories Retold include: 1. King Alfred and the Cakes 2. King Alfred and the Beggar 3. King Canute of the Seashore 4. The Sons of William the Conqueror 5. The White Ship 6. King John and the Abbot 7. The Story of Robin Hood 8. Bruce and the Spider 9. The Black Douglas 10. The Three Men of Gotham 11. Other Wise Men of Gotham 12. The Miller of the Dee 13. Sir Philip Sidney 14. Ungrateful Soldier 15. Sir Humphrey Gilbert 16. Sir Walter Raleigh 17. Pocahontas 18. George Washington and His Hatchet 19....read more

  • Philip Roth

    Volume 1 contains readings by James Baldwin from Giovanni’s Room and Another Country, exploring the dilemmas of being black and gay in mid-twentieth century America. Willliam Styron reads about a disabled child finding brief moments of joy in Lie Down in Darkness, his novel about a troubled Southern family. James Jones reads the most famous passage from his celebrated World War II novel, From Here to Eternity. And Philip Roth does a hilarious comic turn in a bizarre scene from his early novel, Letting...read more

  • James Baldwin

    From one of the most important writers of the twentieth century comes a stunning love story about a young Black woman whose life is torn apart when her lover is wrongly accused of a crime—'a moving, painful story, so vividly human and so obviously based on reality that it strikes us as timeless” (The New York Times Book Review).'One of the best books Baldwin has ever written—perhaps the best of all.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Dive into history with this classic collection of fascinating stories, retold by the master children’s author James Baldwin at the turn of the century. Meet Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus, King Canute, Julius Caesar, Robin Hood, and many more famous kings and heroes. Exciting, fun, and educational, 'Fifty Famous Stories Retold' tells the most thrilling and legendary tales from history and myth. - James Baldwin (1841-1925) was an American author of children’s books and textbook editor. His most famous most works include 'Fifty Famous Stories Retold' (1896) and 'Abraham Lincoln, a True Life'...read more

  • James Baldwin

    One of the most brilliant and provocative American writers of the twentieth century chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention in this “truly extraordinary” novel (Chicago Sun-Times). James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the Black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of...read more

  • James Baldwin

    “There’s no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it.” The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their heads above water. It may be the heroin that a down-and-out jazz pianist uses to face the terror of pouring his life into an inanimate instrument. It may be the brittle piety of a father who can never forgive his son for his illegitimacy. Or it may be the screen of bigotry that a redneck deputy has raised to blunt the awful childhood memory of the day his parents took him to watch a black...read more

  • James Baldwin

    James Baldwin’s Nobody Knows My Name records the last months of this famed American writer’s ten-year self-exile in Europe, his return to America and to Harlem, and his first trip south at the time of the school integration battles. It contains Baldwin’s controversial and intimate profiles of Norman Mailer, Richard Wright, and Ingmar Bergman. And it explores such varied themes as the relations between blacks and whites, the role of blacks in America and in Europe, and the question of sexual...read more

  • James Baldwin

    James Baldwin war zehn Jahre alt, als er zum ersten Mal Opfer weißer Polizeigewalt wurde. 30 Jahre später, 1963, brach 'Nach der Flut das Feuer' wie ein Inferno über die amerikanische Gesellschaft herein - und wurde sofort zum Bestseller. Baldwin rief in seinen Essays dazu auf, dem rassistischen Albtraum, der die Weißen ebenso plage wie die Schwarzen, gemeinsam ein Ende zu machen. Ein Ruf, der heute wieder sein ganzes provokatives Potenzial entlädt: 'Die Welt ist nicht länger weiß, und sie wird nie mehr weiß...read more

  • William Styron

    These recordings of twentieth-century American authors interpreting their own works were highly praised when first released in the 1960s. Today the cultural and historical value of these recordings makes them an essential part of our literary heritage. In this collection, James Baldwin reads from Giovanni's Room and Another Country, exploring the challenges of being black and gay in mid-twentieth century America. William Styron reads about a disabled child finding brief moments of joy in Lie Down in Darkness, his novel about a troubled Southern family. James Jones reads the most famous passage from his celebrated World War II novel, From Here to Eternity. And Philip Roth does a hilarious...read more

  • Philip Roth

    These five recordings of twentieth-century American authors interpreting their own works were highly praised when first released in the 1960s. Today the cultural and historical value of these recordings makes them an essential part of our literary heritage. This volume contains readings by James Baldwin from Giovanni’s Room and Another Country, exploring the challenges of being black and gay in mid-twentieth century America. William Styron reads about a disabled child finding brief moments of joy in Lie Down in Darkness, his novel about a troubled Southern family. James Jones reads the most famous passage from his celebrated World War II novel, From Here to Eternity. And Philip Roth...read more

  • James Baldwin

    History comes to life! Meet George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, and Abraham Lincoln. Exciting, fun, and educational, 'Four Great Americans' is a turn-of-the-century classic of historical biography by the master children’s author James Baldwin. - James Baldwin (1841-1925) was an American author of children’s books and textbook editor. His most famous most works include 'Fifty Famous Stories Retold' (1896) and 'Abraham Lincoln, a True Life'...read more