Post Number: 508
|Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 - 11:50 am: |
I ordered "Baldwin's Harlem." I'm also curious to learn what the Publishers Weekly reviewer meant by this observation:
"Longtime Harlem resident Boyd, managing editor of Black World Today, is authoritative, but in his self-proclaimed role as Baldwin's defender, he gives short shrift to the writer's homosexuality and comes across as rationalizing the anti-Semitism Baldwin was repeatedly accused of in his lifetime."
I find that curious as well, Steve. I hadn't heard of such accusations.
Thanks for the heads up on this title. I believe the last biography of Baldwin I read was the one by Quincy Troupe.
All my romantic notions about Harlem as a teenager came from reading Baldwin. Even though he didn't paint Harlem in romantic terms, I loved his words and his stories so much, that by extension, I romanticized Harlem. I was cured of that when I stepped off a train at 125 Street Station in the fall of 1989 when I was 18. ;-)