Murray, Donald C.
September 1977
Studies in Short Fiction;Fall77, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p353
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
Analyzes the characteristics of the short story 'Sonny's Blues,' by James Baldwin. Reference on the short story; Use of images of light and darkness to illustrate the theme of man's painful quest for an identity; Descriptions of literary style of Baldwin.


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