Talking at the Gates: 2a Life of James Baldwin

James Campbell, Author
James Campbell, Author Penguin Books $12 (320p) ISBN 978-0-14-012395-1
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-670-82913-2
Hardcover - 306 pages - 978-0-571-15391-6
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Campbell reveals the difficult personal history of maverick, expatriate black writer Baldwin (1924-1987).``According to this marvelous, illuminating literary biography, the hallmarks of Baldwin's moral vision--ambivalence, doubt, self-knowledge--faded in later works marred by his `belligerent idea of the cathartic powers of art, ' '' said PW . Photos. (Feb.)
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