'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
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
Edgy and provocative . . . entertainingly satirical
Cemented his reputation as a cultural seer ... Notes of a Native Son endures as his defining work, and his greatest
A classic ... In a divided America, James Baldwin's fiery critiques reverberate anew
The iconic American author, essayist, poet and playwright turned his life’s struggles into brilliant literary works, as relevant today as when they were written. Here’s a guide to his best books to start with, by the author of Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Today.
The Abolition Act of 1833 was not a benevolent gesture on behalf of the government but a hardwon victory led by black campaigners. Through a series of loopholes, Britain continued to profit from the industry long afterwards. In this an extract from her book Brit(ish), Afua Hirsch explores the truth about our history with the slave trade.