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Apr 25, 1995
| ISBN 9780679761785
Sep 17, 2013
| ISBN 9780804149747
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Apr 25, 1995 | ISBN 9780679761785
Sep 17, 2013 | ISBN 9780804149747
In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence–which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till–James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a “boy” like Richard Henry with impunity, times have changed. And centuries of brutality and fear, patronage and contempt, are about to erupt in a moment of truth as devastating as a shotgun blast.In his award-winning play, Baldwin turns a murder and its aftermath into an inquest in which even the most well-intentioned whites are implicated–and in which even a killer receives his share of compassion.
James Baldwin (1924–1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time were bestsellers that made him an… More about James Baldwin
“A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat.” –The New York Times“Explosive, eloquent, honest…. To read it is devastating.” –San Francisco Chronicle
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