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“Jones/Baraka usually speaks as a Negro—and always as an American. He is eloquent, he is bold. He demands rights—not conditional favors.”—The New York Times Book Review

In 2007, Akashic Books ushered Amiri Baraka back into the forefront of America’s literary consciousness with the short story collection Tales of the Out & the Gone. This reissue features a highly provocative and profoundly insightful collection of 1960s social and political...

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Overview


“Jones/Baraka usually speaks as a Negro—and always as an American. He is eloquent, he is bold. He demands rights—not conditional favors.”—The New York Times Book Review

In 2007, Akashic Books ushered Amiri Baraka back into the forefront of America’s literary consciousness with the short story collection Tales of the Out & the Gone. This reissue features a highly provocative and profoundly insightful collection of 1960s social and political essays.

LeRoi Jones (now known as Amiri Baraka) is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey by the New Jersey Commission on Humanities, from 2002–2004. His most recent book, Tales of the Out & the Gone (Akashic Books, 2007), was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. He lives in Newark, New Jersey.

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Written in the 1960s, these social and political essays by Jones (Tales of the Out & the Gone) reflect the progressive changes in his life after he witnessed the Cuban Revolution, the Birmingham bombings, and the assassination of Malcolm X.


—Ann Burns
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617750502
  • Publisher: Akashic Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Renegade Reprint Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 643,129
  • File size: 444 KB

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LeRoi Jones (now known as Amiri Baraka) is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey by the N.J. Commission on Humanities, from 2002-2004. His last two books of poetry, Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems and Un Poco Low Coup received tremendous critical acclaim.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Home 9
Cuba Libre 11
Letter to Jules Feiffer 63
Tokenism: 800 Yearn for Five Cents 68
Black Is a Country 82
City of Harlem 87
Cold, Hurt and Sorrow Streets of Despair 94
Street Protest 97
Soul Food 101
Myth of a Negro Literature 105
Brief Reflections on Two Hot Shots 116
A Dark Bag 121
What Does Nonviolence Mean? 133
The Dempsey-Liston Fight 155
Black Writing 161
Expressive Language 166
Hunting Is Not Those Heads on the Wall 173
LeRoi Jones Talking 179
Last Day of the American Empire Including Some Instructions for Black People 189
The Revolutionary Theatre 210
American Sexual Reference: Black Male 216
Blackhope 234
The Legacy of Malcolm X, and the Coming of the Black Nation 238
State/Meant 251
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