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Publisher's Summary

James Baldwin gives an electrifying reading about a young gay American in Paris recalling a dramatic and transforming incident from his boyhood, as he struggles to accept his sexual identity.

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©1962 James Baldwin (P)1963 Calliope Author Readings

Critic Reviews

"A great reading” Saturday Review, (John Ciardi)
“Baldwin’s powerful reading is part of the newly re-released series” ( Boston Globe)
“The unmistakable stamp of personal passion”, ( Chicago Daily News )

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  • 08-07-16

Heart-achingly beautiful

This text alone and this reading show so clearly the inhumanity, the destructiveness of our general, casual homophobia. I am moved to the core of my being and I wish I heard more.

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