Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin

ISBN: 9781846975660 Categorii: Diverse, Diverse. An apariție: 2021 Autor: James Campbell Editură: Polygon Tip copertă: Paperback Număr pagini: 320 Stoc: Stoc limitat

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James Baldwin was born into the squalor of a Harlem tenement and transcended an early life of setbacks and racism.

A storefront preacher at the age of fourteen, he supported his entire family - mother and eight siblings - before he began writing for prestigious journals such as The Partisan Review. Troubled by his fame, his sexuality and his colour, he was a great drinker and socialiser with wild periods of gregariousness and monastic retreats during which he wrote feverishly. By the time he died in 1987, his books such as The Fire Next Time, Go Tell It on the Mountain and Nobody Knows My Name had become modern classics.

James Campbell knew Baldwin for ten years. For this book, he interviewed many of Baldwin's friends and examined several hundred pages of correspondence. He quotes from the vast, disturbing file that the FBI compiled on Baldwin and discusses the writer's turbulent relationships with Norman Mailer, Richard Wright and Marlon Brando, as well as his friendship with Martin Luther King.

Elegantly written, candid and original, Talking at the Gates is a comprehensive account of the life and work of a writer who believed that 'the unexamined life is not worth living'.

'Scrupulously researched and uncovers new material about Baldwin's life. Campbell knew Baldwin well, but his affection for the man has not dulled his critical pen' - Caryl Phillips

Limba
Engleza
Autor
James Campbell
Data Publicarii
2021
Editura
Polygon
Inaltime
21.5
Latime
14
Tip Coperta
Paperback
Nr Pag
320
Bic
BG
Greutate
410
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