Sunday, January 19, 2014

Amiri Baraka - October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014

Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones

October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014

Amiri Baraka (born Everett LeRoi Jones; October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), formerly known as LeRoi Jones and Imamu Amear Baraka, was an American writer of poetry, drama, fiction, essays and music criticism. He was the author of numerous books of poetry and taught at a number of universities, including the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the PEN Open Book Award, formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award, in 2008 for Tales of the Out and the Gone.

Baraka's poetry and writing has attracted both extreme praise and condemnation. Within the African-American community, some compare him to James Baldwin and call Baraka one of the most respected and most widely published Black writers of his generation. 

Some of his works include: 

  • Dutchman and the Slave, Two Plays
  • The Baptism & the Toilet
  • Black Magic: Sabotage, Target Study, Black Art: Collected Poetry, 1961-1967
  • Selected Plays and Prose of Amiri Baraka, LeRoi Jones
  • Black Music: Essays
  • Transbluesency: The Selected Poems of Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones (1961-1995)
  • Blues People: Negro Music in White America
  • The Fiction of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
  • The Autobiography of LeRoi Jones
  • Four Black Revolutionary Plays
  • Raise, Race, Rays, Raze: Essays Since 1965

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