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 are 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.

JAMES BALDWIN was born in New York City where he grew up and attended school, graduating from De Witt Clinton High School. His stature as both novelist and essayist has grown steadily in the years since the publication of his first novel. Mr. Baldwin has also achieved international prominence as a leader and spokesman in the civil rights movement.

Mr. Baldwin is the author of three novels, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room and Another Country, and three books of essays, Notes of a Native Son, No¬body Knows My Name and The Fire Next Time. His first play, The Amen Corner, was produced at Howard University and his sec¬ond, a dramatization of Giovanni's Room, at the Actors Studio workshop. His stories and essays have appeared in many maga¬zines both here and abroad.

James Baldwin has received many literary honors. He is the winner of a Eugene F. Saxton Memorial Trust Award, a Rosen-wald Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellow¬ship, a Partisan Review Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Grant-in-Aid; and he has recently been elected to die National Institute of Arts and Letters.

Nobody Knows My Name received a Certificate of Recognition from the National Council of Christians and Jews. Both Nobody Knows My Name and The Fire Next Time were selected by the Notable Books Council of the American Library Association and both have been included among the ten best books lists selected by die National Association of Independent Schools.

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