Nobody Knows My Name

James Baldwin


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Penguin Books Ltd
29 August 1991
ISBN: 9780140184471
224 pages

From the publisher

'These essays ... live and grow in the mind' James Campbell, Independent

Being a writer, says James Baldwin in this searing collection of essays, requires 'every ounce of stamina he can summon to attempt to look on himself and the world as they are'. His seminal 1961 follow-up to Notes on a Native Son shows him responding to his times and exploring his role as an artist with biting precision and emotional power: from polemical pieces on racial segregation and a journey to 'the Old Country' of the Southern states, to reflections on figures such as Ingmar Bergman and Andre Gide, and on the first great conference of African writers and artists in Paris.

'Brilliant...accomplished...strong...vivid...honest...masterly' The New York Times

'A bright and alive book, full of grief, love and anger' Chicago Tribune