Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin – CULTURAL HERITAGE BOOKS
Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

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New York : The Dial Press, 1964. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. 121 pages ; 21 cm. In original dust jacket with minimal wear, pages are unmarked and binding is sound.


James Baldwin's new play is one of the major theatrical and literary events of the year. With the recent publication of The Fire Next Time—hailed as a classic and a masterpiece — James Baldwin permanently established his reputation as a leading figure in the literature of our times.

BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE is set in a small town in the Deep South. Before the play begins, a twenty-year-old Negro, who has been living in the North since he was fourteen and who has become a drug addict, comes home to recover and rebuild his life. He is killed, and the play pivots on his murder. Built on the testimony service of the Negro church, BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE reconstructs the crime and examines the ways in which both the whites and the Negroes in the town had, without knowing it, made the death inevitable.

In BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE, James Baldwin has combined all his talents as novelist and essayist to write a dynamic and powerful play.

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