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This volume presents information on 20 short stories. It contains concise synopses of the plots, characters and themes along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism.
This article uses a discussion of Baldwin's short story 'Sonny's blues' as a means of exploring reading and approaches to drug literature. It considers the possibility of understanding Baldwin's fictional text as a statement on reading social as well as subjective 'problems' as universal across contexts. Using conclusions gleaned from a detailed reading of the primary text, as well as the contributions of others to the field, it argues for the importance of reading, as audience and as scholars, with the capacity to allow for the transformation of problematic subjective experience such as drug addiction into artistic expression with value beyond its initial context.
The form of the genre, as well as the various ways in which it has evolved, is highlighted along the way with a display of the essential nuts and bolts of storytelling-- plot, character, setting, style, point of view, and theme. A mix of critical approaches will also be brought in to enhance analysis and interpretation and to explore some of the ways we judge and evaluate short fiction.
Music of Sonny's Blues
Video of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie playing “Hot House” live on television This hard bop video also gives a feeling for the America of “Sonny’s Blues.”
The pianist Baldwin may have had in mind, when describing Sonny’s music, was Thelonious Monk. Here’s some of his music, from YouTube.