The Amen Corner

The Amen Corner

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by James Baldwin
     
 

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Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an unwavering awareness of the price those churches exacted from theirSee more details below

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Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an unwavering awareness of the price those churches exacted from their worshipers.  

For years Sister Margaret Alexander has moved her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety.  But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path.

The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. It is a scalding, uplifting, sorrowful and exultant masterpiece of the modern American theater.

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"He is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves." —Langston Hughes

"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!....The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!" —John Cheever

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804149693
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
679,973
File size:
2 MB

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From the Publisher
"He is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves." —Langston Hughes

"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!....The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!" —John Cheever

John Cheever
"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!...The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!"
As Kavin
"To be James Baldwin is to touch on so many places in Europe, America, the Negro, the White man -- to be forced to understand so much."

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