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James Baldwin - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about James Baldwin

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of African American writer James Baldwin
James Baldwin   (1924 - 1987)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  August 2, 1924
New York City, United States
 
Died:  November 30, 1987
Venice, France
 
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Frantz Fanon, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright
 
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James Baldwin - LIFE STORIES
 
 
11/11/1948     James Baldwin, Mountains
On this day in 1948 twenty-five-year-old James Baldwin left the United States on a one-way plane ticket to Paris. When he returned three-and-a-half years later -- not for long -- it was with the manuscript of Go Tell It on the Mountain, perhaps his most famous book. It was certainly the book which, he said later, made not only fame but mental health possible: "Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else."

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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Collected Essays : Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work / Other Essays
by Toni Morrison (Editor), James Baldwin
anthology, essays
 
Giovanni's Room
fiction
 
Go Tell It on the Mountain
fiction
 
James Baldwin: Early Novels and Stories
by Toni Morrison (Editor), James Baldwin
anthology, fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY JAMES BALDWIN AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Conversations With James Baldwin
by Fred L. Standley (Editor), Louis H. Pratt (Editor)
interviews
 
Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett, and Others on the Left Bank
by James Campbell
literary history
 
James Baldwin
by Harold Bloom (Editor), William Golding
biography
 
James Baldwin Now
by Dwight A. McBride (Editor)
analysis and criticism
 
James Baldwin's Later Fiction: Witness to the Journey
by Lynn Orilla Scott
analysis and criticism
 
Re-Viewing James Baldwin: Things Not Seen
by D. Quentin Miller (Editor)
essays, literary analysis
 
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AmericanWriters.org
Find resources for teachers including video clips, suggested topics for classroom discussion, a short biography, and more.

"In 1943 James Baldwin's stepfather died the same day the Harlem Riots broke out. These traumatic events prompted Baldwin to get out of his ill-paid job and begin writing. Much of his work centered on race relations, Timeline and he eventually became one of the most prominent intellectuals of the civil rights movement. His initial stance was that blacks should work for equality peacefully, but as time progressed his views became more militant. He warned in The Fire Next Time that American race relations were in danger of reaching violent conclusions."
Gale Group
Offers a fact-heavy biography from The African American Almanac.

"Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, was published in 1953, and received critical acclaim. Two years later, his first collection of essays, Notes of a Native Son, again won favorable critical acclaim. This was followed, in 1956, by the publication of his second novel, Giovanni's Room. His second collection of essays, Nobody Knows My Names, brought him into the literary spotlight and established him as a major voice in American literature...."
New York Times
Find historical reviews of Baldwin's works, articles by and about the writer, and audio recordings.
PBS: American Masters
Features a short biography about Baldwin's formative years, life in Greenwich Village, and works including Go Tell it On the Mountain (1955), Giovanni's Room (1956), and If Beale Street Could Talk (1974).

"After the assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, Baldwin returned to France where he worked on a book about the disillusionment of the times, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK (1974). Many responded to the harsh tone of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK with accusations of bitterness. But, even if Baldwin had encapsulated much of the anger of the times in his book, he always remained a constant advocate for universal love and brotherhood."
Teacher Resource File
A large selection of links to essays, criticism and analysis, biographies, bibliographies, photographs, electronic texts, lesson plans, quotes, and more.
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