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lost in language & sound

or how i found my way to the arts:essays

Ntozake Shange

St. Martin's Griffin

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A vibrant and vital collection that celebrates the three most important muses in the life and work of Ntozake Shange—language, music, and dance.

In this deeply personal book, the celebrated writer reflects on what it means to be an artist, a woman, and a woman of color through a beautiful combination of memoir and essay. She describes where her love for creative forces began--in her childhood home, a place where imagination reigned and boredom wasn't allowed. The essays tell stories ranging from the poignant origin of her celebrated play "for colored girls" to why Shange needed to deconstruct the English language to make that production work, from the intensity of the female experience and the black experience as separate entities to the difficulty of living both lives simultaneously; from the intense love of jazz bestowed on her by her father to a similar obsession with dance, which came from her mother. With deep sincerity, attention, and her legendary candor, Shange's collection progresses from the public arena to the private, gathering along the way the passions and insights of an author who writes with “such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message” (Clive Barnes, The New York Times).

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LOST IN LANGUAGE AND SOUND by Ntozake Shange | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of LOST IN LANGUAGE AND SOUND A Memoir of Coming to the Arts. Acclaimed playwright Shange (<em>Ellington Was Not a Street<em>, 2004, etc.) offers a collection of personal essays dealing with anger, pride, creativity, family, identity, mental health and love.
- Kirkus Reviews
Nonfiction Review: Lost in Language & Sound: A Memoir of Coming to the Arts by Ntozake Shange. St. Martin's, $26.50 (160p) ISBN 978-0-312-20616-1
Award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist Shange (Betsey Brown) immerses the reader in the written and spoken fabric of her upbringing and her life as an artist in this evocative melding of essay a
- Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ntozake Shange

  • NTOZAKE SHANGE is a renowned novelist, playwright, and poet. Her works include the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and the novels Betsey Brown, Liliane, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo, and Some Sing, Some Cry, which she co-authored with her sister, Ifa Bayeza. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Ntozake Shange

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