Notes of a Native Son Criticism

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Notes of a Native Son, when first published in 1955, did not sell well. However, when it was reissued in paperback form in 1957, after the publication of Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, it received outstanding reviews and brisk sales and would go on to become one of the most popular of all Baldwin's works.

An example of the praise that Baldwin received forNotes of a Native Son comes from Baldwin's biographer Leeming, who writes, "With the publication of Notes of a Native Son, Baldwin staked a large claim in an area of American literary territory inhabited by such masters of the essay and autobiography as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Frederick Douglass." Leeming would add that Baldwin "leads the white consciousness through the horrors of the black dilemma, not without passion, but with the subtlety and elegance of a Henry James."

In Nick Aaron Ford's essay "The Evolution...

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