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Sonny’s Blues


James Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues” is from his collection called Going to Meet the Man (1965).  It deals with an older African-American brother recalling events from the life of his younger brother.  This younger brother, a musician, has just been arrested for selling and using illegal drugs.



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS648 .S5
  • PS3552 .A45



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Bloom’s BioCritiques: James Baldwin. 2006.

                        Call Number: PS3552 .A45 Z723 2006

  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Modern Critical Views: James Baldwin. 1986.

                        Call Number: PS3552 .A45 Z72 1986

  •  Kinnamon, Keneth (Ed.).  James Baldwin: A Collection of Critical Essays. 1974.

                        Call Number: PS3552 .A45 Z76

  • Pratt, Louis H. James Baldwin. 1978.

                        Call Number: PS3552 .A45 Z86 1978

  • Sullivan, Nancy (Ed.). Treasury of American Short Stories. 1981.

                        Call Number: PS648 .S5 T7



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Baldwin, James (Subject)
  • Baldwin, James – Criticism and Interpretation (Subject)
  • Sonny’s Blues (Keywords)



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 13, pgs. 53-54

o   Vol. 90, pgs. 2-41

o   Vol. 127, pgs. 106, 108

  •  Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 138-139

  •  Masterplots II, Short Story Series (Revised Edition)Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o      Vol. 7, pg. 3821-23

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 10, pgs. 2-25

o   Vol. 33, pgs. 115-157

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 245-262



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