The Amen Corner
Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an... show more
Only a boy preacher who had grown up to become one of America's most eminent writers could have produced a play like The Amen Corner. For to his first work for the theater James Baldwin brought all the fervor and majestic rhetoric of the storefront churches of his childhood along with an unwavering awareness of the price those churches exacted from their worshipers. For years Sister Margaret Alexander has moved her Harlem congregation with a mixture of personal charisma and ferocious piety. But when Margaret's estranged husband, a scapegrace jazz musician, comes home to die, she is in danger of losing both her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on the godly path. The Amen Corner is a play about faith and family, about the gulf between black men and black women and black fathers and black sons. It is a scalding, uplifting, sorrowful and exultant masterpiece of the modern American theater.
Publish date: February 17th 1998
Pages no: 112
Edition language: English
Το θεατρικό κείμενο, όπως ομολογεί κι ο ίδιος ο Baldwin στον πρόλογό του, μιλάει αρκετά για τον ίδιο, όχι μόνο εξαιτίας της ερήμωσης της προσωπικής του ζωής, αλλά και λόγω του πατέρα του, τα βάρη του οποίου αποτυπώνονται, όπως κι η διάσταση της απομόνωσης, στο πρόσωπο της Margaret. Ως εκ τούτου είνα...
I've read James Baldwin before and when searching through plays at my local library I came across James Baldwin's play, The Amen Corner.I was shocked to believe that he actually wrote not only one but two plays in his lifetime. He is a remarkable writer and the tone of his writing is by far one of ...
definitely an interesting snapshot of life in harlem, and how religion, poverty, and race can intersect.from the introduction:"No one yet knows, or is in the least prepared to speculate on, how high a bill we will yet have to pay for what we have done to Negro men and women."and from the play:"...be...