The complete autobiography of a literary legend Poet, dramatist, novelist, critic, teacher, and political activist Amiri Baraka, born LeRoi Jones, vividly recounts his crusading role in African American literature Adriving force behind the Black Arts Movement, the prolific Baraka retells his experiences from his participation in avant garde literature after World War II and his role in Black nationalism after the assassination of Malcolm X to his conversion to Islam and his commitments to an international socialist vision.When The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones was first published in 1984, the publisher made substantial cuts in the copy Under the careful direction of the author, the book has been restored to its original form This is the first complete and unexpurgated version of Barakas life and work....
|Title||:||The Autobiography of Leroi Jones|
|Publisher||:||Lawrence Hill Books March 1, 1997|
|Number of Pages||:||496 pages|
|File Size||:||685 KB|
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The Autobiography of Leroi Jones Reviews
What's great and important about this book is that, yes, it is about one very special man's, a great, fierce poet's journey to manhood, but it is also one version of, if read closely, the journey every black man, even black woman, must take in America to become whole. It can almost be read as a guide in this regard, the peeling back of the huge, violent, false weight of white supremist America from the backs, minds, souls of American blacks, or African Americans, or simply Africans who find themselves in a foreign, strange, unloving America for 400 years. Although Baraka would finally say, no, we are not merely Africans (just as I, the reviewer, am not merely Italian), but we are African Americans, as painful as this terrible fact has become the truth.
Amiri Baraka is an amazing man. I love his poetry.
Fascinating, both as a history of a highly important several decades of race relations and creative literary/cultural development, and as highly sensitive and perceptive autobiography.
Leroi Jones was a unique person and this book represents the man. I wanted the book as a tribute to him and his place in history to add to my library. It also gives insight into the times that I lived and places I knew.
Have not read. Will provide an update as soon as I do.
Autobiographies, even by poets, rarely reach the depths of honest self-examination one finds in their poems. One has only to think of Kenneth Rexroth's tall stories or William Carlos Williams' evasions.
Amiri Baraka's life was both a great story, but has been having a long, tragic ending since 1965. He is brilliant and talented and could have been one of the world's greatest writers-but after years of dogging his ex-wife Hettie and when it ended her attitude being "You looked better going than you did coming", he never seemed to get over her getting over him. He seems to have been regressing into an abyss of a strange obsession poorly veiled with extreme political stances-he has let this ruin his career (that rant "Ugly" that the Jewish community in Newark misinterpreted and took away his position of poet laureate for was a poem to his ex-wife (one of the lines from it is is "Just look between your legs") and it is painful to see that clip on his site. The brothers I showed that clip to in my town of Philly says in it he looked and sounded like a crackhead on Broad and Erie.) He is also dying of prostate cancer right now possibly triggered because of not letting that one go. He is being exploited and robbed of royalties with printers around the world right now by internet publishing scams as well. I loved his books the Dutchman, the Dead Lecturer, etc-and it hurts my heart what's happening to him now from this hanging on so long to a dead horse. He was brilliant, talented, and had great potential. I hope someday he can finally have salaam before he passes.
I've read the script and seen the video. Fascinating, well-written examination of behavior, race, and social standards. Should be more well recognized as a great black writer.