In My Youth

by James Baldwin

Description:  A decidedly different autobiography, originally published under the pseudonym Robert Dudley, eventually revealed to be James Baldwin. A portrayal of life in rural Indiana in the middle of the 19th century it certainly is, but it is so much more. In the words of Mr. Howland, an editor for the original publisher, 'It is difficult to describe just what there is so remarkable about this book, but it is undeniably wonderful. It is literature. It is a strange combination of autobiography and fiction, and records only the simplest happenings -- the life of people in the Indiana backwoods, the primitive life, the commonplace experiences, the visits between neighbors. To tell about it in this way does not make it sound remarkable, yet it is. The style is simple and clear; there is a quiet humor running through it, and in other places the reading brings tears to the eyes.'

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Ages:  10-12
Length:  554 pages
Format:  Paperback, Ebook
Illustrations:  Black and white
Year published:  2010
ISBN:  978-1-59915-314-8
Genres:  American History, Historical Fiction, Autobiography

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Table of Contents

1. The Center of the World

2. Possessed

3. "This Is My Library!"

4. Evenings at Home

5. Borrowing Fire

6. In the Big Woods

7. At Cousin Sally's

8. Going to Meetin'

9. The Angel of the Facing Bench

10. Ikey Bright

11. The Big-House

12. A Memorable Occasion

13. The Friend from England

14. Something from the Saddle-Bags

15. The Departure of the Caravan

16. Fever'n'Agur

17. What They Brought from the 'Hio

18. News from the County Seat

19. "The Slavers"

20. The Great Moral Exhibition

21. A Friend Indeed

22. My Day in Paradise

23. Old Aunt Sary

24. "Going to School?"

25. "Shades of the Prison House"

26. My First Merry Christmas

27. The Awakening

28. Nopplis

29. Charity and Patience

30. Lochinvar

31. The Raisin' and the Quiltin'

32. The Ruse

33. The Long Way about It

34. Fragments

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