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.
|Publisher:||Samuel French, Incorporated|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)|
About the Author
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
What People are Saying About This
"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
"What style! What intensity! What religious feeling!...The man has mastered his rage and bitterness. He's a marvel!"
"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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Amen Corner ia an excellent book that tells what happens when you put the sacred world vs. the secular world. The main plot of this story is to tell the audience that too much of either world is a problem and that both of them can be rewarding if you know how to handle yourself in them. It is a great book and if you are interested in music, you will be right at home with it. Highly recommended.