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An edition of Jimmy's Blues (1983)

Jimmy's blues

selected poems

1st U.S. pbk. ed.
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An edition of Jimmy's Blues (1983)

Jimmy's blues

selected poems

1st U.S. pbk. ed.
  • 4.00 ·
  • 2 Ratings
  • 4 Want to read
  • 0 Currently reading
  • 1 Have read
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St. Martin's Press
Language
English
Pages
75

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During his lifetime (1924–1987), James Baldwin authored seven novels, as well as several plays and essay collections, which were published to wide-spread praise. These books, among them Notes of a Native Son, The Fire Next Time, Giovanni’s Room, and Go Tell It on the Mountain, brought him well-deserved acclaim as a public intellectual and admiration as a writer. However, Baldwin’s earliest writing was in poetic form, and Baldwin considered himself a poet throughout his lifetime. Nonetheless, his single book of poetry, Jimmy’s Blues, never achieved the popularity of his novels and nonfiction, and is the one and only book to fall out of print.

This new collection presents James Baldwin the poet, including all nineteen poems from Jimmy’s Blues, as well as all the poems from a limited-edition volume called Gypsy, of which only 325 copies were ever printed and which was in production at the time of his death. Known for his relentless honesty and startlingly prophetic insights on issues of race, gender, class, and poverty, Baldwin is just as enlightening and bold in his poetry as in his famous novels and essays. The poems range from the extended dramatic narratives of “Staggerlee wonders” and “Gypsy” to the lyrical beauty of “Some days,” which has been set to music and interpreted by such acclaimed artists as Audra McDonald. Nikky Finney’s introductory essay reveals the importance, relevance, and rich rewards of these little-known works. Baldwin’s many devotees will find much to celebrate in these pages.

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Cover of: Jimmy's blues and other poems
Jimmy's blues and other poems
2014
in English
Cover of: Jimmy's blues
Jimmy's blues: selected poems
1990, St. Martin's Press
in English - 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Cover of: Jimmy's blues
Jimmy's blues: selected poems
1990, St. Martin's Press
in English - 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Cover of: Jimmy's Blues
Jimmy's Blues: Selected Poems
January 1986, St Martins Pr
Hardcover in English - 1st U.S. P edition
Cover of: Jimmy's blues
Jimmy's blues: selected poems
1985, St. Martin's Press
in English - 1st U.S. ed.
Cover of: Jimmy's blues
Jimmy's blues: selected poems
1983, Joseph
in English
Cover of: Jimmys Blues Gedichte
Jimmys Blues Gedichte
Publisher unknown
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Cover of: Jimmy's blues
Jimmy's blues: selected poems
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- 1st U.S. ed.

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Published in

New York

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
811/.54
Library of Congress
PS3552.A45 J5 1990

The Physical Object

Pagination
75 p. ;
Number of pages
75

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1877049M
Internet Archive
jimmysbluesselec00bald
ISBN 10
0312051042, 0312442475
LCCN
90037243
Library Thing
168118
Goodreads
599102
1640330

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