"Baldwin wrote his six novels, three plays and numerous essays directly out of his personal experience as a black, gay man in America. His fiery essays are masterpieces in the black protest tradition. In the figures of Rufus Scott (Another Country) and Leo Proudhammer (Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone) Baldwin created fragile characters shouldering the weight of what he saw as a cruel and oppressive world. Although hailed as a black protest writer, he defied expectation when he wrote Giovanni's Room, a brutally honest tale of homosexuality and self-loathing. It was rejected by his American publisher and only appeared when English publisher Michael Joseph agreed to issue it.
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Toni Morrison's Sula and The Bluest Eye; Thomas Glave's Whose Song?"
Jun 10, 2008