A breakthrough work of social and cultural criticism from one of the foremost intellectuals of his era.
'The story of the negro in America is the story of America ... it is not a very pretty story'
James Baldwin's breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in the 1940s, movies, novels, his preacher father and his experiences of Paris, they capture the complexity of black life at the dawn of the civil rights movement with effervescent wit and prophetic wisdom.
'A classic ... In a divided America, James Baldwin's fiery critiques reverberate anew' Washington Post
'Edgy and provocative, entertainingly satirical' Robert McCrum, Guardian
'Cemented his reputation as a cultural seer ... Notes of a Native Son endures as his defining work, and his greatest' Time
A straight-from-the-shoulder writer, writing about the troubled problems of this troubled earth with an illuminating intensity that should influence for the better all who ponder on the things books say -- Langston Hughes * The New York Times *
Powerful . . . I wish I could press this book into the hands of every American - actually, every human. -- Celeste Ng * Guardian *
Edgy and provocative . . . entertainingly satirical -- Robert McCrum * Guardian *
A classic . . . Take the words out of the 1950s, when they were published, and they could apply to the women in pink hats, the scientists, the Black Lives Matter activists, the climate-change believers and the LGBTQ-rights supporters who have flooded the streets of Washington this year * Washington Post *
A classic ... In a divided America, James Baldwin's fiery critiques reverberate anew * Washington Post *
Cemented his reputation as a cultural seer ... Notes of a Native Son endures as his defining work, and his greatest * Time *
Dimensions: 198mm x 129mm x 12mm