Blues for Mister Charlie

Blues for Mister Charlie

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by James Baldwin
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780573619748
Publisher:
Samuel French, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1964

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Date of Birth:
August 2, 1924
Date of Death:
December 1, 1987
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
St. Paul de Vence, France
Education:
DeWitt Clinton High School, New York City

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