Historical Beacon Buzz: Langston Hughes reviews James Baldwin
February 26, 2013
Fifty-Five Years Ago Today...
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
Yes, this publicity hit is from February 26, 1958, but we didn't have a blog (much less the not-to-be-missed Beacon Buzz report) back then ... The New York Times published this review of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, written by Langston Hughes.
James Baldwin writes down to nobody, and he is trying very hard to write up to himself. As an essayist he is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves, to flow and beat, advance and retreat, rise and take a bow in disappearing.
Read Edward P. Jones' introduction to our new edition of Notes of a Native Son on Scribd.
You can get a copy of our new edition of Notes of a Native Son (or any other African American Studies title) for 20% off and free shipping if you order with code FEB2013. Check out the details of our Black History Month Sale at Beacon.org.
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