Michael Clark (essay date 1985)
SOURCE: "James Baldwin's 'Sonny's Blues': Childhood, Light and Art," in CLA Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, December, 1985, pp. 197-205.
[In the following essay, Clark analyzes Baldwin's use of light and dark imagery and the role of art in "Sonny's Blues."]
"Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin is a sensitive story about the reconciliation of two brothers, but it is much more than that. It is, in addition, an examination of the importance of the black heritage and of the central importance of music in that heritage. Finally,...
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