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  • James Baldwin

    At last, a new audio edition of the book many havecalled James Baldwin's most influential work! Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, whenBaldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capture a view of black life and blackthought at the dawn of the civil rights movement and as the movement slowlygained strength through the words of one of the most captivating essayists andforemost intellectuals of that era. Writing as an artist, activist, and socialcritic, Baldwin probes the complex condition of being black in America. With akeen eye, he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel tothe motives and circumstances of the many black...read more

  • James Baldwin

    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 story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and is imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so...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

    New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950s, the gatheringplace of artists, writers, and musicians, is the setting of Another Country, Baldwin's third novel. The characters, all involved in complexinterracial relationships, cluster around Rufus, a jazz musician whose suicideaffects them profoundly. For Baldwin, Rufus represents "the black corpse floatingin the national psyche." Baldwin's first reading on this recording portraysRufus' 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 Baldwinhimself was a Pentecostal preacher, following in his stepfather's footsteps. Aftera few...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

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

  • James Baldwin

    The stark grief of a brother mourning a brother opens this novel with a stunning, unforgettable experience. Here, in a monumental saga of love and rage, Baldwin goes back to Harlem, to the church of his groundbreaking novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the homosexual passion of Giovanni’s Room, and to the political fire that inflames his nonfiction work. Here, too, the story of gospel singer Arthur Montana and his family becomes both a journey into another country of the soul and senses—and a living contemporary history of black struggle in this land. “If Van Gogh was our nineteenth-century artist-saint, James Baldwin is our twentieth-century one.”—Michael Ondaatje, New...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

    At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo’s childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo’s loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial...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

    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

  • James Baldwin

    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 his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Go Tell It on the Mountain is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught up in a dramatic struggle and of a society...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 authorsinterpreting their own works were highly praised when first released in the1960s. Today the cultural and historical value of these recordings makes theman 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 inmid-twentieth century America. William Styron reads about a disabled childfinding brief moments of joy in Lie Downin Darkness, his novel about a troubled Southern family. James Jones readsthe most famous passage from his celebrated World War II novel, From Here to Eternity. And Philip Rothdoes a hilarious comic...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human...read more

  • James Baldwin

    At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin is a collection of short stories that give a snapshot into the life of a legendary hero or an event in history. Hear how Alexander the Great tamed Bucephalus, the kindness of Doctor Goldsmith, William Tell, George Washington and his hatchet, King Alfred as well as many other interesting tales. (Summary by Laura...read more

  • James Baldwin

    Written for children, James Baldwin's history of Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln brings these men to life in a way that will be interesting for adults as well. The stories touch on the little humanities of the great men, rather than dwelling on the great works and great events of their lifetimes, without ignoring the latter. (Summary written by Sibella...read more

  • James Baldwin

    This stunningly personal document and extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies displays James Baldwin's fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works. In vivid detail he remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early consciousness, the later events that scored his heart with pain-the murders of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, his sojourns in Europe and in Hollywood, and his return to the American South to confront a violent America...read more