The Source of Self-regard

The Source of Self-regard

Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations

Book - 2019 | First edition
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Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades. The Source of Self-Regard is brimming with all the elegance of mind and style, the literary prowess and moral compass that are Toni Morrison's inimitable hallmark. It is divided into three parts: the first is introduced by a powerful prayer for the dead of 9/11; the second by a searching meditation on Martin Luther King Jr., and the last by a heart-wrenching eulogy for James Baldwin. In the writings and speeches included here, Morrison takes on contested social issues: the foreigner, female empowerment, the press, money, "black matter(s)," and human rights. She looks at enduring matters of culture: the role of the artist in society, the literary imagination, the Afro-American presence in American literature, and in her Nobel lecture, the power of language itself. And here too is piercing commentary on her own work (including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Tar Baby, Jazz, Beloved, and Paradise) and that of others, among them, painter and collagist Romare Bearden, author Toni Cade Bambara, and theater director Peter Sellars.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525521037
Branch Call Number: 814.54 MOR 2019
Characteristics: ix, 354 pages ; 25 cm

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Feb 22, 2019

This new collection brings together essays, occasional pieces, and speeches by the Nobel laureate and one of America's most important and influential writers. While everything is worth reading, her essays on the American canon and the challenges of black writers.

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