The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader

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Amiri Baraka - dramatist, poet, essayist, orator, and fiction writer - is one of the preeminent African-American literary figures of our time. The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader provides the most comprehensive selection of Baraka's work to date, spanning almost 40 years of a brilliant, prolific, and controversial career, in which he has produced more than 12 books of poetry, 26 plays, eight collections of essays and speeches, and two books of fiction. This updated edition contains over 50 pages of previously ...
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Overview


Amiri Baraka - dramatist, poet, essayist, orator, and fiction writer - is one of the preeminent African-American literary figures of our time. The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader provides the most comprehensive selection of Baraka's work to date, spanning almost 40 years of a brilliant, prolific, and controversial career, in which he has produced more than 12 books of poetry, 26 plays, eight collections of essays and speeches, and two books of fiction. This updated edition contains over 50 pages of previously unpublished work, as well as a chronology and full bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his eulogy of James Baldwin--one of this anthology's previously unpublished works--Baraka writes that Baldwin was ``turned all the way up, receiving and broadcasting . . . .'' The same can be said of Baraka. For more than 30 years he has been one of our most self-revising, self-assertive writers. Culling representative samples of his oeuvre, this expertly edited volume reflects Baraka's bold ventures and about-faces. The poems of 1964's The Dead Lecturer tick like small explosives. Selections from 1963's Blues People and 1968's Black Music reveal Baraka as a superb, learned critic. With remarkable candor, an excerpt from Baraka's 1984 autobiography scrutinizes his Black Arts period. Notable among the new pieces is ``Why's / wise,'' a long poem that unfolds the story of how African-Americans' appropriation of English led to the rich oral languages of blues and jazz, from which so much of Baraka's own work proceeds. The story of Baraka's metamorphoses is itself part of the story of contemporary literature's development. Anyone seeking to understand either will find this volume indispensable. Harris wrote The Poetry and Poetics of Amiri Baraka. (June)
Library Journal
Baraka is a writer who readily embraces change, and this collection reflects a life full of changes beginning with something as fundamental as a change in name. The selections included are arranged chronologically in four distinct periods: The Beat Period (1957-62), The Transitional Period (1963-65), The Black Nationalist Period (1965-74), and The Third World Marxist Period (1974-present). Editor Harris, in collaboration with Baraka, has chosen representative examples of Baraka's poems, plays, jazz writings, and social criticism. Among several new works are a eulogy for James Baldwin and an emotional analysis of Jesse Jackson's role in Democratic politics. Essential for all literature collections.-- William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560252382
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 783,826
  • Product dimensions: 4.89 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 1.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Amiri Baraka is a critic, poet, playwright, and activist. He lives in Newark, NJ. William J. Harris is associate professor of English at SUNY-Stony Brook.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Reader
Editor's Note
Introduction
Chronology
The Beat Period (1957-1962) 1
Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note 3
Hymn for Lanie Poo 4
In Memory of Radio 10
Look for You Yesterday, Here You Come Today 11
Notes for a Speech 14
How You Sound?? 16
The Transitional Period (1963-1965) 19
African Slaves/American Slaves: Their Music 21
Swing - From Verb to Noun 33
A contract. (for the destruction and rebuilding of Paterson 51
An Agony. As Now 52
A Poem for Willie Best 53
Short Speech to my Friends 59
The politics of rich painters 60
Rhythm & Blues 62
Crow Jane 66
For Crow Jane/Mama Death 66
Crow Jane's Manner 66
Crow Jane In High Society 67
Crow Jane The Crook 68
The dead lady canonized 69
I Substitute for the Dead Lecturer 69
Black Dada Nihilismus 71
Political Poem 73
The Liar 74
The Heretics 100
The Black Nationalist Period (1965-1974) 123
Cuba Libre 125
The Legacy of Malcolm X, and the Coming of the Black Nation 161
State/meant 169
The Screamers 171
Words 177
Jazz and the White Critic 179
The Changing Same (R&B and New Black Music) 186
A Poem Some People will have to Understand 210
Citizen Cain 211
Letter to E. Franklin Frazier 212
Leadbelly Gives an Autograph 213
Numbers, Letters 214
Western Front 215
T. T. Jackson sings 216
Return of the Native 217
A Poem for Black Hearts 218
SOS 218
Black Art 219
Poem for HalfWhite College Students 220
W. W. 221
Ka 'Ba 221
The World Is Full of Remarkable Things 222
Ieroy 223
Black People! 224
Great Goodness of Life (1966) 225
It's Nation Time 240
The Third World Marxist Period (1974-) 249
When We'll Worship Jesus 251
A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie! 254
The Dictatorship of the Proletariat 256
Das Kapital 258
A Poem for Deep Thinkers 260
Pres Spoke in a Language 262
Dope 263
Am/Trak 267
The Revolutionary Tradition in Afro-American Literature 311
Aime Cesaire 322
Ngugi wa Thiongo 333
Error Farce 340
The Black Arts (Harlem, Politics, Search for a New Life) 367
Primitive World: An Anti-Nuclear Jazz Musical (play, 1983) 400
Wise 1 481
Wise 2 481
Wise 3 483
Wise 4 484
Wise 5 485
Wise 6 486
Wise 7 488
Wise 8 488
Wise 9 489
Wise 10 490
Rough Hand Dreamers (Wise 11) 491
A farmer come to the city (Wise 12) 491
Wise 13 492
The Black Arts Movement (essay, 1994) 495
Malcolm As Ideology (1995) 506
Robert Williams: An Introduction (unpublished) 521
Sweet Lorraine (essay, unpublished, performed as a tribute to Lorraine Hansberry, 1996) 525
Portrait of the Lion: Willie "The Lion" Smith, A Script for the New-Arkestra (musical drama, performed 1997-1998 at NJPAC & NYU) 528
Black Reconstruction: Du Bois and the U.S. Struggle for Democracy and Socialism (1998) 545
Allah Mean Everything! Pt One (poem, unpublished 1998) 560
Margaret Walker (essay, 1999) 563
Understanding Readiness (1999) 566
Sassy Was Definitely Not the Avon Lady (narrative, performed at Sassy Tribute, March 1999 NJPAC, published in Digging, 1999) 567
Mumia, "Lynch Law" and Imperialism (1999) 570
The Great Max Roach (1999) 575
My Man Came by the Crib the Other Day ... (short story, 1999) 577
Select Bibliography 583
About the Editor 587
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    Gee wiz

    Baraka simply opened our eyes and poured in wisdom

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